A North Las Vegas couple was indicted by the grand jury this week.
Nicholas Anthony Hopkins faces murder, child abuse, neglect, and endangerment charges in the death of a 2-year-old child. Emerald Onate faces charges for child abuse, neglect, and endangerment.
According to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Onate is the child’s mother, and Hopkins was her boyfriend at the time of the child’s death last November.
Family and friends were concerned that Hopkins was abusing both the 2-year-old and a 4-year-old child, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth said. Family members say they told the mother about their concerns for the children, but she did not remove them from the care of Hopkins, according to Bluth.
During a grand jury reading Thursday, Bluth described the child’s alleged injuries of the 2-year-old child as bruised from head to toe. Some of the injuries the toddler suffered consisted of broken ribs on different occasions, lacerations to the liver, a completely torn pancreas, second-degree burns and torn tissue in the stomach.
The child also had a blood volume in the stomach of 40 percent due to injuries suffered. The 2-year-old was injured so bad the child eventually died.
No word on whether the 4-year-old suffered injuries.
When officers searched the home, they said they found marijuana, ecstasy, and a stolen firearm.
Hopkins was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. An arrest warrant was issued for Onate.
Hopkins bail was set at $1 million. Once arrested, bail for Onate will be set at $100,000.
Bluth says Onate became pregnant with Hopkins’ child after her toddler’s death and has an upcoming due date.