LAS VEGAS – A 5-year-old girl was found dead, locked in a bedroom in her Las Vegas home.
Police said the temperatures inside the home when she was found Monday were 101 degrees. The outside temperatures were around 106 degrees and the home had no air conditioning on at the time.
“Two children were found locked inside a bedroom,” Clark County prosecutor Steven Rose said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Rose said the air conditioning was not on when the children were found but did not say if it was turned off or was not working.
Police said that while the 5-year-old was found dead, her younger sister, who is 2, survived.
The 2-year-old was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services, KLAS reported.
Kemaya Taylor, 23, the children’s mother, had told her landlord a few weeks ago that she was struggling financially. She also claimed she had no family to help her. But the children’s grandmother, Marisa Brown, and aunt, Kandra Coleman said that Taylor could have had help and that the children’s father had been involved in their lives. That is, until a few weeks ago, when they said Taylor cut communication with their family.
Coleman and Brown had planned to visit Taylor and the children on July 9.
“She never said there was a problem,” Coleman told the Review-Journal. “If her rent needed to be paid, we would have paid it. If we had to come together and just take up a collection from everyone in the family, those babies would have a roof over their heads regardless. There is no reason that this should happen.”
Taylor has been charged with murder and two counts of child abuse, the KTNV reported.
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