https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/las-vegas-police-find-body-of-missing-3-year-old-boy/Las Vegas police called off the search for a missing 3-year-old boy after his body was found in a remote area near Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said 3-year-old Daniel Theriot was found dead early Monday morning after his mother reported him missing about 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Park. Spencer said the boy’s 20-year-old mother and the boy’s father, her 40-year-old boyfriend, are in custody.
It’s unclear how police discovered the child’s body. Police believe Theriot was killed at least 12 hours before he was reported missing. Spencer would not reveal how the child died, but said it was “absolutely disturbing” and that “there was nothing accidental about it.”
Both parents face a murder charge and possible child abuse charges after Child Protective Services took custody of Daniel’s 2-year-old sibling. Spencer said the family had never been investigated by CPS, but the parents do have a criminal history.
The woman told police the boy wandered off while she was on the phone, Spencer said, but police began to doubt the woman’s story after no one at the park could recall seeing the woman and child together.
She also told detectives that she took her son to Sunset Park to feed the ducks, but the family lived within walking distance of Lorenzi Park.