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Missing 2-Year-Old Amari Nicholson's Body Found near His Home after a Week, Mom's Boyfriend Arrested

Jené Liebenberg
May 13, 2021
07:00 A.M.
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Two-year-old Amari Nicholson's body was discovered yesterday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. An investigation into his death is ongoing. 

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Two-year-old Amari Nicholson's body was found by authorities a week after he went missing. The toddler was discovered near the 400 block of East Twain Avenue.

The victim's mother, Taylor Nicholson's boyfriend, Terrell Rhodes, has been taken into custody and charged with the two-year-old's death. She revealed that he confessed to killing the young boy. 

Yellow crime scene tape. | Source: Pexels/ Kat Wilcox

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TRAGIC DEATH

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a statement on Twitter confirming that they located Amari's remains near his home and that his death is being investigated. The statement reads

"On May 12, 2021 LVMPD Detectives located the body of Amari Nicholson near the 400 block of East Twain Avenue. This investigation is ongoing."

The authorities also shared that the cause of Amari's death is not yet known, but it will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office and asked for anyone with more information to come forward. 

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MAIN SUSPECT

Amari was reported missing on May 5, 2021, and law enforcement immediately launched an investigation after discovering suspicious circumstances surrounding the case. 

Taylor's grandmother and other family members acknowledge that the mother and boyfriend's stories don't add up.

Rhodes, 27, was identified as the main suspect during the missing person investigation, and after the little boy's body was discovered, he was arrested and charged with murder. 

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CONFESSING MURDER

Rhodes is now being held at Clark County Detention Center without bail and made his first court appearance on Wednesday. Chief Deputy District Attorney Tim Fattig and the victim's mother confirmed that Rhodes confessed. 

During an interview with FOX 5, Amari's mother revealed that Rhodes admitted to killing the toddler while babysitting him in the apartment the three shared. Taylor said

"He killed my baby. He just confessed." 

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A LONG WEEK

In the week leading up to the discovery of Amari's remains, his family members spoke out about their worries and suspicions surrounding his disappearance.

His grandmother, Carrie Howard, spoke with the little boy the night he went missing, saying that he looked happy on the other side of the phone. It was the last time she spoke to her grandson. 

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It was a long week for Amari's family, who all rallied in Nevada to help and search for the little boy. His aunt, Yolanda Everett, said that they spent long hours handing out flyers and asking for information. 

Taylor's grandmother and other family members acknowledge that the mother and boyfriend's stories don't add up, pointing to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the two-year-old's death. 

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