Report: Boyfriend of Las Vegas mother beat her 2-year-old son to death after he wet himself

A booking photo for Terrell Rhodes.
A booking photo for Terrell Rhodes.((LVMPD) | (LVMPD))
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 10:42 AM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A Las Vegas man babysitting his girlfriend’s child beat the 2-year-old to death after he wet his clothing, according to an arrest report.

What began as a missing child’s report on May 5 evolved into a multi-day “wild goose chase” for toddler Amari Nicholson, FOX5 learned in an interview with the boy’s grandmother. He was last seen at the Emerald Suites near Paradise Road and Twain Avenue. On May 12, that search ended with the discovery of the boy’s body just yards away from the family’s apartment.

One day before, Terrell Rhodes confessed to the killing of Amari while mother, Tayler Nicholson, was out of town.

In an interview with Las Vegas police on May 11, Rhodes submitted to a polygraph test and spoke with investigators. Rhodes told police that on May 5 at about 4:30 a.m., Amari had “urinated in his clothing several times.” After that, Rhodes became upset and hit Amari between 3-4 times “with a closed fist.”

“At some point, Amari turned blue and purple in the face and stopped breathing,” an arrest report read.

Rhodes said he tried to administer CPR on the child but was unsuccessful. He carried the boy’s lifeless body out of the apartment and disposed of him at another location, the report read.

During an investigation, homicide detectives and crime scene analysts found blood on a bedroom wall. A plastic bag filled with soiled kids’ clothes was also recovered from inside a closet.

Rhodes was arrested on charges of first degree murder. His next court appearance is set for May 17 before Judge Harmony Letizia.