A Las Vegas mother was arrested on suspicion of murder after police found the body of her missing 3-year-old daughter tucked in a duffel bag and hidden in a closet.
Dejah Hunt died of blunt injuries before his body was found on Aug. 23, the Clark County Coroner's Office said. His death was declared a homicide.
His mother, Aisha Yvonne Thomas, 29, told detectives that she panicked, wrapped Dejah's body in garbage bags and a duffel bag after the girl was knocked unconscious hours earlier.
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Aisha Yvonne Thomas (left), 29, is accused of beating her three-year-old daughter, Dejah Hunt (right), to death and then hiding her body inside a duffel bag in her Las Vegas apartment.
The police discovered the lifeless body of the child inside Thomas's house on the night of August 23 (in the photo, 19 hours after his violent death)
Thomas said he had hit his daughter in the head for wetting her pants at 2am, according to a police arrest report.
Dejah fell to the floor and did not stop crying. Thomas said he gave his daughter some water and left the apartment to go to a grocery store for about 10 minutes.
When he returned, Thomas found Dejah wrapped in a blanket and not breathing in the master bedroom. Then he allegedly wrapped his son's lifeless body in several white trash bags for the smell, put it in the duffel bag and placed it in the bedroom closet.
Thomas was arrested after calling 911 and reporting that his daughter left while walking to a grocery store with Thomas and his three other children.
Killed by accident in the bathroom: Thomas told the police that he hit Dejah in the head for wetting his pants. Then he left the apartment and returned 10 minutes later to find the dead child
Officers began searching the area and found the body at 10 p.m. – 19 hours after Dejah's death – in Thomas's apartment after noticing a "musty moldy smell" coming out of the closet.
Dejah's father, Don Edward Hunt Jr., 30, was in jail at that time.
He had been arrested on Aug. 19 by Las Vegas police investigating a domestic violence complaint in the apartment.
Thomas remains incarcerated without bail until a hearing is held on October 1 to determine if she will face a homicide trial.
Dejah's father, Don Hunt (pictured), was in jail at the time of his daughter's death on a charge of domestic violence
His court-appointed attorney, Sarah Hawkins, has said that Thomas will plead not guilty.
Thomas' other three children, all under the age of three, were handed over to child welfare officials, police said.
The jail records showed that Thomas also faces multiple arrest warrants for unpaid traffic violations and separate charges for felonies and obstruction of misdemeanors.
Dejah's paternal grandmother, Teena Stansberry, has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral of young children. As of Friday afternoon, nearly $ 2,000 was donated.
"There's no more calling me Nana, there's nothing like that anymore," Stansberry told Dejah KTNV. & # 39; And for me, this is a nightmare that I just want to wake up & # 39;.