A Las Vegas couple is on the run after they allegedly left their 3-year-old daughter to die.
Police are seeking Jondrew Lachaux, 39, and Kellie Phillips, 38, who they believe have fled to California with five of their children, ages 1 to 9, KTLA reports.
Authorities began investigating the couple after a 4-month-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday. That baby’s mother is the 17-year-old daughter of Lachaux and Phillips.
Officials arrested the young mother, who has not been identified because she is a minor, and charged her with one count of child abuse with substantial bodily harm, according to CNN.
Police spokesman Aaron Patty said that the “infant did not receive the proper care and nourishment that she needed at the time, which is what led to the arrest of the 17-year-old.”
One day later, authorities searched the family’s Las Vegas home, where they found the body of the 3-year-old, who had been dead “for at least a few weeks.”
Following the discovery, the 17-year-old was arrested on one count of child abuse with death in connection to the 3-year-old’s death, CNN reports.
Police said that the 17-year-old’s parents left the home months ago with their other children, leaving the 3-year-old in the care of her older sister.
“We believe that they went to California at some time and may have gone back and forth during this multiple month process when they left,” Patty said.
“We are asking for the assistance of the public in locating these two individuals,” he added. “We believe they can answer many questions on what led up to the death of this child.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Las Vegas Police Department 702-633-9111, or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 702-385-5555.
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