A girl in Las Vegas delivered a letter to her elementary school teacher on Tuesday morning. It was from her mother, and the content was alarming.
Her mother wrote that she was being held against her will in a house and that she feared for her son, the girl’s younger brother, and did not know where he was, Las City Police Department Vegas said in a declare on Wednesday.
The teacher shared the note with the Clark County School District Police Department, which has contacted Las Vegas police, Lieutenant Colonel Ray Spencer told reporters on Tuesday night. It was “a tragic situation,” he said.
Police stormed a house at the address given to it by the mother. They found her mother and boyfriend, Brandon Toseland, 35, driving away from home, Lieutenant Spencer said at a news conference.
Police interviewed the mother, who said Mr Toseland had abused her and that she believed her son might be dead, the statement said. She said she had not seen her son since December.
“She is not allowed out of the house, and she cannot enter the mansion garage,” said Lieutenant Spencer.
In the garage, authorities found a freezer. Inside, Lieutenant Spencer said, officers found “the remains of a preschool-age child.”
Toseland was arrested and is being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on one count of public murder and two counts of kidnapping, police said. It is unclear whether Mr Toseland has an attorney.
Police were unable to identify the mother, daughter or son. A spokesman for the Police Department declined to explain the circumstances of the boy’s death Wednesday afternoon.
A GoFundMe fundraiser started by the boy’s family identified the boy as 4-year-old Mason Dominguez.
Ariel Lopez, who organized the fundraiser, wrote: “To know we’ll never see Mason in pain again.”
Mason’s father passed away a year ago, according to a fundraiser, and the family is raising money to buy the boy a burial ground next door.
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