A Nevada father arrested on sex trafficking charges may face additional counts in connection with the death of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found stuffed in a container in Illinois, reports say.
Jason Quate, 34, was taken into custody on Tuesday after his wife told police that the man killed their daughter two years ago, when they lived in Illinois, and buried her body, KSNV reports.
The couple’s two other children were taken into protective custody with signs of abuse and neglect, according to the station.
Quate had initially been charged with sex trafficking of an adult and accepting/receiving earnings of a prostitute, jail records show.
The alleged victim in that case is Quate’s wife, who told police she had been held captive and sex trafficked by him for two years before escaping on Monday, KMOV reports.
“She stated that her husband was extremely abusive and had forced her to go out to solicit herself for prostitution and also was physically abusive to the children,” a Las Vegas Police Department spokesman told KMOV.
“She also gave us some very disturbing details that she wasn’t allowed to communicate with the children, she was forced to stay in a bedroom, the children could not speak with her and also the children were never allowed to leave the house,” the spokesman said.
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Quate’s wife said her husband killed the 6-year-old girl, the youngest of their children, “during a physical altercation,” according to the Associated Press.
Officials told KLAS that the child’s body was found so badly decomposed that authorities weren’t able to determine the gender.
Quate is being held at the Clark County Detention Center on $23,000 bail.