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Police: Mother says that she hid daughter’s body in a duffel bag

LAS VEGAS – A 29-year-old Las Vegas mother of four children told the police she hid her 3-year-old daughter’s lifeless body in a bag in her apartment closet for nearly 19 hours before calling 911 and reporting the girl missing, according to a police report obtained Tuesday.

Aisha Yvonne Thomas told detectives she hit her daughter in the head after the girl’s wet pants about 2 a.m. on Aug. 23 and the girl fell to the floor and would not stop crying.

Thomas told police she left the apartment for 10 minutes to go to a supermarket and returned to find her daughter wrapped in a blanket and not breathing.

“Thomas ‘panic’ and packaged (the child) in several garbage bag(s), before putting her in a duffel bag and hide her in the closet,” the report said. The child’s name was blacked out in the copy obtained by The Associated Press.

The Clark County coroner has not confirmed the identity of the girl and said: how and when they died.

Thomas’ public defender, Sarah Hawkins, declined immediate comment on Thomas’ statement to the police.

Thomas plans to plead not guilty to the felony murder charge against her, Hawkins said.

A Las Vegas judge said Tuesday that Thomas would remain locked up without bail pending an Oct. 1 preliminary hearing to determine whether Thomas should stand trial in the court of the state.

Police say Thomas called the police on almost 11 hours that night, and reported that her daughter ran away during the walk to a supermarket with her and her other children. Officials search in the apartment found the body and identified as the girl they were looking for.

The girl’s father, Don Edward Hunt Jr., 30, was in prison at the time.

He was arrested Aug. 19 on a California state parole violation, Las Vegas police are investigating a domestic violence complaint at the same apartment, according to police and jail records.

The yacht is being held in the Clark County jail pending his transfer in custody to California.

Thomas’ three other children are transferred to child welfare officials, police said.

The prison records showed Thomas is also confronted with multiple warrants for unpaid traffic violations and a separate felony bad check, and misdemeanor obstruction of the cost.

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