A mother in Las Vegas told cops she hid her dead 3-year-old daughter's body in a duffel bag before calling 911 and reporting the child as missing.
Aisha Yvonne Thomas admitted to police that she struck her child, who remains unnamed in reports, in the head after she wet herself on August 23, according to an Associated Press report. Thomas says she left the house and returned ten minutes later to find the child completely unresponsive.
"Thomas 'panicked' and wrapped (the child) in multiple trash bag(s) before putting her inside a duffel bag and concealing her in the closet," reads a police report obtained by the Associated Press.
Thomas says she disposed of the body in that fashion because she was worried about the smell, according to KTNV, a Nevada-based ABC affiliate.
In her call to police that night, Thomas claimed the girl had wandered away on a walk to the grocery store. Officers searching Thomas' apartment discovered the corpse.
A coroner has not confirmed the identity of the child or the official cause of death.
At the time, the child's father, Don Edward Hunt Jr., was incarcerated on charges pertaining to a domestic violence complaint. He had been arrested on August 19, according to an Associated Press report.
Thomas' three other children have since been turned over to child welfare officials.
Thomas plans to plead not guilty to a felony murder charge, according to her public defender, Sarah Hawkins. Thomas will remain in jail without bail until a preliminary hearing on October 1, where it will be decided if she will be tried in a state court.
Thomas' criminal history includes multiple warrants for unpaid traffic infractions and unrelated felony bad check and misdemeanor obstruction charges.
[Photo: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department]
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