Toddler reported missing in Las Vegas found dead. Boyfriend of mom accused of murder.

Source: Las Vegas Metro Police

May 13 2021, Published 4:39 p.m. ET

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A toddler went missing in Las Vegas earlier this month and now the boyfriend of the victim’s mother is accused of killing the child. 

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The Las Vegas Metro Police announced the arrest of Terrell Rhodes, 27, in connection to the murder of Amari Nicholson. Police have released few details about how or why Rhodes allegedly killed the child. 

Nicholson was reported missing on May 5, according to police. A manhunt ensued to find the child, but detectives said the circumstances of the child’s disappearance were suspicious. The investigation progressed and police charged Rhodes with murder. 

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On May 12, police found Nicholson’s remains near East Twain Avenue. The cause and manner of death are to be determined. 


Rhodes is the boyfriend of Nicholson’s mother, according to KVVU. A prosecutor said Rhodes confessed to abusing the child leading to the toddler’s death, according to reports. 

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Friends and family held a vigil in Nicholson’s honor on May 12. Jacques Nalls was dating Nicholson’s mom when Amari was born and he told KVVU the child was easy to care for as a baby. 

“He was just a calm, sweet baby ... he was never difficult, never. If you heard him cry, it’s because he needed something," Nalls told the station.

Rhodes was charged with open murder and is being held in jail without bond. 


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