Las Vegas police launched a homicide investigation after they found the body of a young boy stashed in a freezer in the garage of a home.
On Feb. 22 around 9a.m., an elementary school student approached her teacher with a note, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Ray Spencer said, KVVU-TV reported.
The schoolgirl’s mother wrote that she was being held against her will and she assumed her second child, a pre-school age son, was dead and she didn’t know his whereabouts.
The teacher contacted authorities, and officers surveilled the woman’s home. Around 10 a.m., Spencer said, the officers spotted the woman and her 35-year-old live-in boyfriend, Brandon Toseland, leaving the residence.
Police detained Toseland. The mother claimed Toseland was abusive and she had not seen her son since Dec. 11, Spencer said.
Toseland, she told police, is not her children’s father, and he forbid her from entering the garage or leaving their home.
The same day, homicide detectives secured a warrant and found the missing boy’s body in the freezer. Authorities said they believe the child died in December, according to KVVU-TV.
“My mind is blown and I really feel for that mother and that child you had to bring a note to school,” neighbor Ebonie Washington told KLAS. “It's really surprising and heartbreaking at the same time as a mother.”