Coroner: Body in duffel bag was woman's 3-year-old daughter
Aug. 30, 2018
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A child found dead in a duffel bag was the 3-year-old daughter of a Las Vegas woman accused of killing her and reporting her missing, authorities said Thursday.
Dejah Hunt died of blunt force injuries before her body was found Aug. 23 in an apartment closet, the Clark County coroner's office said. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Her mother, Aisha Yvonne Thomas, 29, told detectives that she panicked, wrapped Dejah's body in trash bags and a duffel after the girl became unconscious hours earlier.
Thomas said she had struck her daughter in the head for wetting her pants, according to a police arrest report.
Thomas remains jailed without bail pending an Oct. 1 hearing to determine if she'll stand trial on a murder charge.
Her court-appointed attorney, Sarah Hawkins, has said Thomas will plead not guilty.
Thomas was arrested after calling 911 and reporting that her daughter wandered away while walking to a grocery store with Thomas and her other three children. Officers began searching the area and found the body in the apartment.
The girl's father, Don Edward Hunt Jr., 30, was in jail at the time.
He had been arrested Aug. 19 by Las Vegas police investigating a domestic violence complaint at the apartment.
He is being held at the Clark County jail pending his transfer in custody to California on a parole violation.
Thomas' three other children have been turned over to child welfare officials, police said.