Cherokee County Foster Mother Arrested For 2-Year-Old's Murder - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

Cherokee County Foster Mother Arrested For 2-Year-Old's Murder

Posted: Updated:
Delila Pacheco was arrested for the murder of a 2-year-old foster child. Delila Pacheco was arrested for the murder of a 2-year-old foster child.

A foster mother is in jail for murder after a 2-year-old girl was found dead in a home south of Tahlequah.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Cherokee Nation EMS were dispatched to a home on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for an unresponsive child.

A toddler was pronounced dead on arrival.

The child's body was transported to the state medical examiner's office. The ME reports the cause of death was internal injuries and considers the manner of death to be homicide.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said the little girl had injuries to her liver, which are consistent with blunt force trauma.

"All the investigators involved, all the deputies involved, the EMS crew involved, we all have children that are around the same age," Chennault said. "It's tough to deal with, even for people who aren't parents. It is tough to deal with, but it hits a little bit closer to home when you have kids of your own."

Deputies went to the home and removed three teens -- one boy and two girls, who are the biological children of the suspect -- and a 3-year-old foster girl.

Chennault said the little girl who died was Pacheco's great niece and the 3-year-old foster child is the victim's sister.

"What that means is instead of putting the child in the foster care system, they find a suitable family member for the child to live with," Chennault said.

On Tuesday afternoon, deputies arrested Delila Pacheco for murder and booked her in to the Cherokee County jail.

Pacheco is being held without bond.

Child Welfare and the OSBI are assisting with the investigation.

The undersheriff said Pacheco has previously been arrested for domestic violence, but never anything related to harming children.

Special Features

Bridge Tracker

How safe are Oklahoma?s bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.


Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on The News On 6? Find it here!

Murrah Bombing Timeline

Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

Turnpike Interactive

View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on

  • Cold Cases

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Survival Guide

    What can you do to survive a crime? Find advice for personal safety here.

  • Links

    Looking for a website you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Oklahoma's Own is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.