Police Seek Family In L.A. After Finding Dead Toddler In Vegas Home
Investigators are looking for a couple and their five children after the body of a three-year-old girl was discovered in their Las Vegas home. Jondrew Lachaux, 39 and Kellie Phillips, 38, may be in California, along with their five children, ages 1 to 9, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. Police are hoping to find them and ask them some questions about their deceased daughter, as well as about Phillips' teenage daughter who may have been caring for her three-year-old sister at the time of her death.
The teenage girl was initially arrested last week Wednesday on one count of child abuse when her own four-month-old baby daughter was admitted to a hospital in critical condition for malnourishment, according to 8 News. Investigators obtained a search warrant and went to the family's home in the 6600 block of Wood Thrush Place on Thursday, where they found the body of the three-year-old girl who they believe died several days earlier.
Police say the three-year-old had been left in the care of her teenage sister for the last several months after the rest of the family left the home. Police are not identifying the couple as suspects, but do want to question them and are concerned about the other children. Police say the family may currently be in the Los Angeles or Oakland areas.
Phillips is described as 5'8" and 145 pounds. Lachaux is described as 6'3" and 240 pounds. Their children are two girls, ages 7 and 9, and three boys, ages 1, 4 and 8.
Anyone with information should call the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111.