A 9-1-1 recording that led police to the body of a murdered 4-year-old boy in a freezer was released Wednesday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the call came from a Clark County School District police officer, who spoke to a Metro dispatcher for about eight minutes, explaining that a 7-year-old girl brought a bunch of sticky notes with her apparently written by her mother.
“Please help. Send police. There are guns in the house,” some of the notes said.
The mother had spent months working on the notes in the single minute she had alone to herself a day as she was held captive by her boyfriend, 35-year-old Brandon Toseland, who was arrested earlier this week and charged with kidnapping and murder. She hid the notes in her daughter’s belongings and the little girl gave them to a social worker, who alerted school police.
“We have a first grader, [name withheld], that handed some sticky notes or, like, Post-It notes to the social worker this morning when she walked into the school,” the officer told the 9-1-1 operator. The police officer then described some of the notes written by the mother, which included the claim there were guns in the house.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, police officers began surveilling the home where the young girl lived with her mother and “observed a Hispanic male in his late 30s and a female leaving the residence around 10:00 a.m.,” according to NBC News. The pair entered a vehicle and drove away, but were stopped by police a short time later, who detained the man and interviewed the woman.
The woman turned out to be the mother of the girl with the note. She told police she hadn’t seen her other child since December 11 and that she had been abused by the man now in police custody, who wouldn’t let her leave the house alone or enter the garage. The woman told police she worried her young son may be dead.
“During the course of that interview, she described that she had undergone abuse by her boyfriend, who she lived with, and had been inquiring about the whereabouts of her child and believed that the child may possibly be deceased,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Ray Spencer told reporters at the time.
Homicide detectives obtained a warrant and started searching the home. When they searched the garage, they discovered the body of the 4-year-old boy in a freezer. KSNV reported that investigators “believe the child has been deceased since early December.”
“We have a lot of questions that we still don’t have the answer to,” Spencer said.
NBC reported that Toseland has at least one previous arrest in Las Vegas. He was arrested for alleged possession of a dangerous weapon on December 27, 2008, after police found metal knuckles in his car. The Reno Gazette-Journal added that Toseland “has a history of arrests in Las Vegas dating back to at least 2005 on charges including domestic battery and disorderly conduct.”
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