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CrimeMother of girl found dead in duffel bag is extradited to California from Texas

20:40  15 march  2019
20:40  15 march  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Mother of girl found dead in duffel bag is extradited to California from Texas© Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS Trinity Jones' father, Anthony Jones, left, and grandmother Barbara Jones out of courthouse where Emiel Hunt, one of two people detained in the murder of Trinity Jones, whose body was found in a suitcase in Hacienda Heights, Calif., appeared in Pomona Court on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

LOS ANGELES - The mother of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag along a trail in Hacienda Heights last week, was extradited Thursday from Texas to California to answer questions about her daughter's slaying.

Taquesta Graham, 28, a former Long Beach resident, is being held without bail on a warrant unrelated to her daughter's death at the Los Angeles County sheriff's Norwalk station.

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Graham has not been charged and it is not clear what role, if any, she played in her daughter's death.

Graham's boyfriend, Emiel Hunt, 38, is charged with murdering Trinity. Authorities allege Hunt killed the girl on March 1 and dumped her body on the trail. If convicted, Hunt faces up to life in prison.

The girl's remains were found five days later inside a large duffel bag that had been abandoned in light brush a short distance away from the 60 Freeway. Her head and part of her torso were protruding from the bag. Authorities have not said how she was killed.

After the gruesome discovery, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators sought the public's help to identify the girl and released a sketch of her. An informant, whom police have not identified, told authorities that the sketch of the girl resembled Trinity. The person "expressed concern, but did not know the whereabouts of Trinity or her mother," the Sheriff's Department wrote in a news release.

Girl found dead in duffel bag identified as 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones

Girl found dead in duffel bag identified as 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones LOS ANGELES - A young girl found dead inside a duffel bag last week near a trail in Hacienda Heights, California has been identified as Trinity Love Jones, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

Mother of girl found dead in duffel bag is extradited to California from Texas© Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS Anthony Jones, center, shares some memories of daughter Trinity Jones on his phone with Mary Montes at the make-shift memorial in Hacienda Heights. Grand mother Barbara Jones is seen on left. Trinity Jones body was found in a suitcase in Hacienda Heights, Calif.

Investigators looked into Graham and Hunt's criminal histories and began searching for them as possible suspects in the case. Court records show Hunt was convicted of felony child abuse in San Diego County in 2005 and sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Graham has a prior conviction for involvement with a minor in prostitution. The two felony counts carried an allegation of great bodily injury, according to court records.

Detectives at the time still weren't positive about the girl's identity.

On March 8, Hunt and Graham were stopped in Hunt's black Nissan Armada at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Hudspeth County, Texas. Graham was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant, and Hunt was released. After his girlfriend was arrested, Hunt drove back to California.

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Man arrested in death of girl found on California trail LOS ANGELES - A man described as a friend of the mother of the 9-year-old girl found dead in a duffel bag on a Hacienda Heights trail has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and detectives will present a case to prosecutors Tuesday. A man identified as Emiel Hunt was taken into custody Saturday in Santa Fe Springs in connection with the girl's death and held without bail pending a scheduled appearance in a Pomona courtroom. Multiple law enforcement sources said detectives will seek to have Hunt charged Tuesday in Trinity Love Jones' death. The girl's body was discovered on an equestrian trail March 5.

Mother of girl found dead in duffel bag is extradited to California from Texas© Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS Valerie Wilson, 60, a local resident offers her respect on March 7, 2019 at a makeshift memorial for the little girl found dead inside a duffel bag along a trail in Hacienda Heights.

Detectives arrested Hunt a day later after they found him sleeping in his SUV, which was parked in a lot near San Diego International Airport. Family members met with coroner's investigators on Sunday and formally identified the dead girl as Trinity.

Graham, Hunt and Trinity moved from a family member's home in Long Beach in May 2018. Extended family saw or heard from the couple and the girl on only a few occasions over the last 10 months, and investigators discovered they had been homeless just before the girl's death. They had been sleeping at a motel in Santa Fe Springs or in their car, authorities said.

Barbara Jones, Trinity's grandmother, said the family is filled with rage and called Hunt a "monster." She questioned how a man with such a criminal history was allowed near her grandchild.

"I want to do to him what he did to her," she said.

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(Times staff writer Nicole Santa Cruz contributed to this report.)

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