Little Daniel Theriot, 3, was found murdered Monday, a day after his mother reported him missing.
(Las Vegas Police Department)
A 3-year-old Las Vegas boy was Monday found dead, and his mother, who reported him missing, is faced with murder charges, police said.
Little Daniel Theriot was a victim of child abuse, Las Vegas Police Homicide Lt.-Ray Spencer said.
“It’s absolutely disturbing how the child is, we believe, was killed,” Spencer said without elaboration.
He said that researchers found Daniel’s body in a secluded area in Lake Mead recreation area, FOX5 Vegas reported.
Daniel is the 20-year-old mother and her 40-year-old friend were imprisoned after the discovery, the station reported.
#LasVegas HELP US FIND #missing 3-year-old Daniel Theriot, last seen this morning around 8:45 PM at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Rd, wearing a red t-shirt with Lighting McQueen log and black/red checkered pants.
Anyone with info please call 702-828-3111. pic.twitter.com/E9aHlhDUU4
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) September 2, 2018
Spencer told reporters the couple will be booked on murder charges later Monday. The names were not immediately released.
The woman of the other child, a 2-year-old was transferred to the well-being of the children of employees. That child had also been abused, Spencer said.
The mother told police Daniel disappeared when he walked away from her Sunday morning when she was making a phone call, in Sunset Park.
A few hours later by the police began to doubt her story after a fruitless search, and find no one who had seen the mother or the boy in the park.