Mother accused of strangling son could face death penalty

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County prosecutors say their death penalty review committee will consider whether Samantha Moreno-Rodriguez should face the death penalty. She’s the mother accused of killing her 7-year-old son and dumping his naked body on a trail outside of Las Vegas.

The 35-year-old California mother was due to appear Wednesday morning for her arraignment in Clark County District Court. She did not appear because attornies requested a delay in the arraignment. A new court date was set for Aug. 20.

Last week, a grand jury indicted Moreno-Rodriguez of San Jose on a charge of murder. Liam Husted was found off a trail in Mountain Springs near Las Vegas. Hikers found his body eight feet off a dirt road near some bushes on May 28. Police arrested Moreno-Rodriguez on June 8 in Denver.

The grand jury heard from investigators that Moreno-Rodriguez pushed the boy while they were hiking and he fell and hit his head and began screaming. The investigator said she tried to calm him down but couldn’t and ended up strangling him.

Liam Husted’s body was discovered by hikers off State Route 160, between Las Vegas and Pahrump, on May 28, 2021.

The investigator told the court Moreno-Rodriguez said television crime shows gave her the idea to remove the boy’s clothing so it would be harder to connect him to her.

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