Vegas pre-schooler is found dead in garage FREEZER: Mother’s boyfriend is arrested after dead boy’s sister tipped off school with note
- On Tuesday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested Brandon Toseland, 35, on two kidnapping charges and an additional charge of open murder
- Toseland’s girlfriend sent her daughter to school with a note that said he was being held against her will and that she has not seen her son since December 11
- Police searched home and found young boy dead inside a freezer in the garage
- The mother told officers she was being abused by Toseland and had been instructed not to enter the garage or ask about her missing child
Police arrested a Las Vegas man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s pre-school aged son and keeping his body in a freezer in the garage for six weeks after the boy’s big sister smuggled a note from their mom to school saying she was being held hostage.
On Tuesday Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested Brandon Toseland, 35, on two kidnapping charges and an additional charge of open murder, 8 News Now reported.
He was taken into custody after his girlfriend sent a note to school with her older daughter in which she said he was being held against her will in the home she shared with Toseland and that she has not seen her son since December 11.
The young boy was found dead in a freezer after offices from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department searched the residence
Patrol officers saw the mother and her boyfriend leave the home and detained them before detectives began searching the house at around 4.30pm
The young girl’s elementary school teacher contacted LVMPD officers shortly after 8am on Tuesday after the child handed in the alarming note and police began surveillance of the family’s home in northeast Las Vegas.
Later that morning the mother and Toseland, who is not the father of either child, were detained and detectives searched the home and at around 4.30pm they found the body of the young boy in a freezer in the garage.
The mother told officers during an interview that she was being abused by Toseland and had been instructed not to enter the garage or ask about her missing child, the police said.
She went on to say that she believed her son, who was of preschool-age, was dead.
‘She stated that she had not seen her child alive since December 11.’ Las Vegas homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said.
‘During the course of that interview she described that she had undergone abuse by her boyfriend who she lived with.
‘She was not allowed to leave the house and she was not able to go into the garage of the residence.’
Lt. Ray Spencer added: ‘Anybody who is going through situations where you feel you cannot handle a child, you can bring that child to a hospital, you can bring that child to a fire station, you can call 211, there are a lot of resources out there.’
Las Vegas homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said the mother told police that she had not seen her child alive since December 11
One neighbor said she became suspicious of a U-Haul truck parked in the driveway of the home where the boy’s body was found
One neighbor told KVVU-TV: ‘We’ve been a quiet neighborhood. We are a new, quiet neighborhood.’
They went to to say that they had contacted the HOA this month after becoming suspicious of a U-Haul truck parked outside the home where the boy was found.
The neighbor added: ‘Within the last week, week and a half. It has been sitting in front of that house, and we’ve been contacting HOA again.’