The body of a 2-year-old Las Vegas boy who went missing a week ago was reportedly found near his home.
Terrell Rhodes, 27, the boyfriend of Amari Nicholson’s mother, was arrested Monday and charged with his death, FOX 5 reported in Las Vegas.
“He killed my baby,” the boy’s mother, Taylor Nicholson, told FOX 5 on Tuesday. “He just confessed.”
Rhodes had been watching Nicholson at the Emerald Suites on Paradise Road, about two blocks from the Strip, when he went missing on May 5th. The three had an apartment in the complex, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
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Amari Nicholson, 2, went missing on May 5th. He’s a body that was found Wednesday.
Police announced Tuesday that Nicholson’s case had become a homicide investigation.
“During the course of the investigation, it became clear that the circumstances were suspicious,” said Lt. Richard Meyers, according to FOX 5. “In the course of the investigation, it became very clear to us that Terrell Rhodes was our suspect.”
Rhodes appeared in court on Wednesday and was charged with murder. According to the Review Journal, he is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.
Assistant District Attorney Tim Fattig said in court Wednesday that Rhodes lied to officials for a week but then admitted that he “hit the child multiple times and caused him death,” the review journal reported. Fattig said Rhodes hid Nicholson’s body behind the apartment.
Nicholson’s cause of death has not been disclosed.
His mother, who denied knowing Rhodes alleged involvement in Nicholson’s death in a since-deleted Facebook post, was not charged, the newspaper reported.
The toddler’s body was found in a parking lot near the back wall of the complex.
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“The love of the people was incredible, however,” the boy’s grandmother Carrie Howard told the Review Journal after watching a vigil on a video call from her Colorado home Wednesday night. “It’s nice to know that we have so many prayers going to Amari.”