A 27-year-old Colorado mother has been arrested and may face murder charges after the remains of a child were discovered in a cupboard at her apartment this week when detectives were looking for her missing 5-year-old daughter Maha Li Hobbs.
According to the Aurora Police Department, Alexus Tanielle Nelson was initially arrested Tuesday on a charge of attempting to influence a public official after reportedly lying to cops about putting the missing girl up for adoption. According to Aurora Police Chief Art Acevedo, the girl’s grandmother in Georgia called Tuesday to report that Nelson had stated “concerning” things via text.
A search warrant was conducted at the flat on Wednesday, and cops discovered the worst-case scenario. Though the remains have not yet been positively identified, Nelson was charged on Thursday with child abuse resulting in death, interfering with a deceased human body, and tampering with physical evidence.
The police chief agreed that the kid victim appeared to have been in the closet for some time.
The police chief was confident enough to suggest that there is a “high probability” that murder charges will be filed.
He also commended Nelson’s mother, the Hobbs’ grandma, for doing the right thing.
Acevedo urged the community to be “vigilant” and watch out for one another.
Authorities stated Nelson was being jailed on a $100,000 bond at the Arapahoe County Detention Center. If and when murder charges are filed, the bond amount will undoubtedly grow.