LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A judge has denied bail for the man accused of killing Las Vegas toddler Amari Nicholson.
Terrell Rhodes, the boyfriend of Amari’s mother, appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday after being arrested Tuesday.
“We would note that the defendant lied for approximately one week regarding covering up the murder committed against this child,” said Tim Fattig, chief deputy district attorney in court today.
A prosecutor says Rhodes confessed to abusing and killing the 2-year-old child. Blood was found on a wall, along with soiled child’s clothing, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.
Metro police say Rhodes confessed to hitting Amari numerous times, ultimately causing the boy’s death. He hid the body, police said.
Amari was first reported missing from the Emerald Suites near Paradise and Twain on May 5.
The child’s body was found near the same location on Wednesday. Sources tell the I-Team the remains were buried.
“As the investigation progressed, it became very clear to us that Terrell Rhodes was our primary suspect,” said LVMPD Lt. Richard Meyers.
Rhodes spoke to 8 News Now last week, claiming a woman took Amari from the Emerald Suites where they were staying while the boy’s mother was in Colorado.
Amari’s father’s side of the family denied that ever happened.
“What’s really sickening is that people are making assumptions thinking that I had something to do with it, that I have her manipulated in some way,” Rhodes said earlier. “That’s sickening to me also, cause he love us. We ain’t never do nothing like that to him.”
Amari’s mother, Tayler Nicholson, also spoke to 8 News Now. She said Rhodes was watching Amari while she was out of town.
According to Metro, Rhodes is unavailable for interviews right now because of where he’s being held at the Clark County Detention Center.
Rhodes faces one count of first-degree murder. Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Joe Bonaventure will hear the case.
Meyers says the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or on their website.