Mother in Custody After Daughter Discovered Useless in Locked Room

A mother from Las Vegas is said to have locked her two children in a smoldering room without air conditioning, the police said. One of the children was dead when the police discovered them.

Kemaya Taylor, 23, is charged with keeping her 5-year-old and 2-year-old daughters locked in a 101-degree bedroom, according to police. The older girl was found lying on the bed under a blanket and unresponsive while the toddler stood next to the bed. Life-saving measures were carried out, but the 5-year-old was pronounced dead in the home.

The Las Vegas police first became aware of Taylor when her friend requested a social check on June 16. The friend told police she had “received a text message from Taylor that she believed was a vague suicide threat,” the arrest report said.

“Taylor said she would quit her job and watch the news,” police said of the news the friend had received.

Police went to Taylor’s home near East Pyle Avenue and South Maryland Parkway, but Taylor and her children weren’t there.

Taylor’s house was described as “completely messed up” by police when they returned to the house on June 28th. The police report described furniture being knocked over in both the house and the backyard and the patio door broken. Social security cards and birth certificates were strewn on the floor.

The vertical blinds near the house’s patio door appeared to be covered in blood, but police said the red liquid was actually hot sauce.

The officers arrested Taylor, believed to be suffering from mental illness, and then began to ransack the house.

“[An officer] asked Taylor where her children were, “police said. “At first Taylor didn’t want to answer, but she finally said so [police] they were up in the residence. “

A Las Vegas woman faces charges after her daughters were found locked in a hot room, killing one of them. Above, a digital sign indicates a temperature of 115 degrees on June 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The door to the bedroom where the girls were found had to be kicked in by the police during the search. Officials found that “the temperature in the bedroom felt exponentially warmer than the rest of the apartment,” the report said. The air conditioning was not on. The thermostat read 95 degrees, but police believe the temperature in the room reached 101 degrees while the girls were locked in it.

“It was also found that a humidifier was switched on and in the ‘Max’ position,” said the police.

According to police, Taylor requested to be taken to an “insane asylum” and said “It was a necessary sacrifice” while waiting in the back of the police car. The report also detailed other phrases Taylor said including “I killed it” and she also claimed to be Jacob’s son according to neighbors.

WFLA reported that two days before the girls were discovered, neighbors noticed Taylor’s strange behavior. They claim she threw stones at passing vehicles and walked around with a cake mixer, blender and beater. Taylor also sat in blankets in the middle of her driveway with her children during the heat wave.

The windshield of a 2017 Ford F250 pickup truck parked nearby was broken and the KitchenAid blender Taylor allegedly carried was found on the hood of the truck.

The 2-year-old was arrested by the youth welfare office. She was treated and released from a local hospital after police said she was uninjured and healthy.

Clark County Forensic Medicine has not disclosed the 5-year-old girl’s cause of death. Taylor has been charged with two counts of child molestation and murder.

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