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Blood matched to slain child’s DNA

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Brenda Jean Stokes (LVMPD) Brenda Jean Stokes (LVMPD)
Blood found on clothing in Brenda Stokes' home was matched with Jade Morris' DNA. (LVMPD) Blood found on clothing in Brenda Stokes' home was matched with Jade Morris' DNA. (LVMPD)

According to an arrest report released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday, blood found on slaying suspect Brenda Stokes' clothes matches DNA belonging to slain 10-year-old Jade Morris.

Stokes was charged with killing Morris on Friday following the positive identification of the child's body. Stokes was already in custody at Clark County Detention Center for attacking a co-worker with razor blades at the Bellagio hotel and casino.

Morris and Stokes, whom the child regarded as a step-mother, were supposed to have gone Christmas shopping Friday, Dec. 21, the same day Stokes allegedly attacked a card dealer at the Bellagio and was taken into custody.

Morris was reported missing by her mother, Tejuana Reeves-Morris, the following day.

Metro detectives served a search warrant at Stokes' home Dec. 24, locating a pantsuit with blood on it. They also found blood in a car Stokes had borrowed on the day of the attack from a friend.

When Stokes was questioned by police concerning the whereabouts of Morris, she claimed she didn't know the child or her mother and refused to answer further questions.

Morris' body was discovered Thursday in an unfinished housing area in North Las Vegas by a woman out walking her dog. The coroner identified her body Friday, and Stokes was charged with murder and kidnapping later that day.

Stokes is next scheduled to appear in court Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

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