The mother of a 3-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag at an east valley apartment was arrested Friday, according to Las Vegas Metro police.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said the girl was reported missing just before 9 p.m. Thursday in the 6800 block of East Lake Mead Boulevard, near Hollywood Boulevard. Initial reports claimed the mother, later identified as 29-year-old Aisha Thomas, was walking to Albertson's with her four children and was on the phone when one of her children went missing.
Detectives from Metro Police's Missing Persons Detail responded and began searching the neighborhood. Detectives set up a command post in the parking lot of the Albertson's for additional resources, Spencer said. Officers began looking for the girl inside Thomas's apartment but were unable to find the child at first.
According to Spencer, officers then conducted a second search since Thomas's story began showing inconsistencies. During the second search, officers noticed a heavy duffel bag inside the master bedroom's closet that was "emitting a mildew smell."
Spencer said the officers found garbage bags when they opened the duffel bag. After officers opened the garbage bags, they found the body of the missing 3-year-old.
Thomas was arrested and is facing one count of murder, Las Vegas police said. The other three children were placed in the care of Child Protective Services. According to Spencer, police believe the girl was killed within the last three days.
Earlier in the week, the girl's father had been arrested after a domestic violence call was placed, according to Spencer.
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