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Las Vegas Couple In Custody After 4-Month-Old Son Found Dead Allegedly Dug Grave In Backyard, Witness Says

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Source: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

May. 5 2022, Published 4:31 p.m. ET

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A Las Vegas couple was recently placed under arrest following an investigation into the death of their 4-month-old son, police said

At around 12:45 p.m. on April 1, officers responded to a residence after receiving a report of an infant who was cold to the touch and unresponsive.

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According to an arrest report obtained by KVVU, that morning, Lindsey Bello, put her son, Miles Stano III, down for a nap around 6 a.m., checked on him about four hours later, and then at 12:40 p.m discovered he was no longer breathing.

The report states an autopsy performed by the Clark County Coroner showed the baby was “emaciated” and he had suffered bruising and abrasions as well as two skull fractures.

The newborn’s manner of death was determined to be a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.

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Detectives searching a dumpster found the baby’s mattress pad as well as a wipe and blanket, which both had blood on them, police said.

During the investigation into the child’s death, Bello denied knowing how her son was injured.

Bello allegedly told police she may have been “exposed” during pregnancy to both cocaine and methamphetamine but that her baby was healthy, KVVU reported.

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Bello’s boyfriend of around a year, Miles Stano Jr., also reportedly adamantly denied his involvement in the child’s death, including when he took a polygraph test, according to the station.

The report states that a witness claimed to investigators Bello allegedly said she gave the baby’s father, Stano, “permission” to throw their baby against the wall. The witness also alleged seeing a grave on April 7 that was dug in Bello and Stano’s backyard and speculated the parents planned the baby’s death, according to the report.

Other witnesses, however, allegedly overheard Bello taking responsibility for her son’s death, the report states.

The couple was arrested on April 28 and were being held without bail.

Their next hearing in the case is scheduled for May 10.

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