Coroner: 2-year-old Amari Nicholson died of homicide ‘by unspecified means’

Terrell Rhodes drew a map to the location of Amari Nicholson's body, the 2-year-old whose body...
Terrell Rhodes drew a map to the location of Amari Nicholson's body, the 2-year-old whose body was found in May 2021.((Grand Jury Evidence via LVMPD) | (Grand Jury Evidence via LVMPD))
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 3:08 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Amari Nicholson, the 2-year-old whose body was found outside of an apartment complex last month, died by homicide “by unspecified means,” according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

ORIGINAL STORY:

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Terrell Rhodes, the man accused in the death of 2-year-old Amari Nicholson, drew a map for police to the child’s body, court records show.

According to evidence submitted to the grand jury, Rhodes showed police where Nicholson’s body was hidden on the Siegel Suites property near Paradise Road and Twain Avenue.

Authorities allege Rhodes killed his girlfriend’s toddler son while she was out of town visiting her mother. He reportedly beat the boy when he wet himself before hiding his body, an arrest report said.

Nicholson was reported missing after Rhodes reportedly told his mother Tayler Nicholson that an unknown person took the boy, posing as the boy’s aunt. Amari’s body was found a week later.

During a police interview, Rhodes is seen on surveillance footage grabbing a detective’s gun and resisting multiple public officers. During the altercation, he screamed, “Let me out of here! I can’t go back!” Following the physical dispute, Rhodes was handed additional charges.

LVMPD POLICY REGARDING INTERVIEWS & INTERROGATIONS

“Rooms throughout the department designated as interview or interrogation rooms will be carefully maintained and inspected on a regular basis for contraband and damage. To avoid potential safety concerns and to limit the ability to hide or dispose of contraband, items in interrogation and interview rooms will be kept to a minimum. The rooms should have video surveillance and/or a window/mirror for observation from another room, whenever possible. The rooms will be equipped with a table and chair(s) at a minimum. Department members conducting the interview/interrogation will ensure that all weapons (firearms, ECD, batons, etc.) in their possession are secured in department approved holsters (the exception to this is any room located within a detention facility in which weapons are not allowed). Generally, no more than two department members will be present in the interview/interrogation room with the suspect. Department members will not talk to a suspect of the opposite sex alone in an interview room unless there is visibility into the room through glass or an open door or the interview/interrogation is being videotaped. Department members will have a radio or telephone in their possession at all times to summon assistance should a suspect become combative.

HANDCUFFS At the primary officer’s discretion, handcuffs may be used, removed, or re-positioned based on the suspect’s demeanor and other circumstances. If the subject is under arrest and left alone in the room, the subject will be handcuffed to the restraint bar located in the interview room, if equipped. If there is no restraint bar, the subject will remain handcuffed. Under either circumstance, the subject must still be monitored (see 4a above). Two (2) officers will be present while: 1. Securing a subject to the restraint bar 2. A subject is being handcuffed 3. Removing a subject from the restraint bar or handcuffs.

FIREARMS 1. Plain clothes officers will not have firearms exposed while conducting custodial interviews 2. When two or more officers, plain clothes or uniformed, are present during a suspect interview/interrogation, officers may retain possession of firearms 3. A single officer conducting a suspect interview/interrogation will properly secure the firearm prior to an interview unless the subject is handcuffed (see LVMPD 4/109.10, Care of Property and Equipment). 4. Armed officers will practice officer safety, keeping firearms out of reach and away from the subject.”

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Rhodes’ pleaded not guilty on June 3. His next court date is June 25.