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Man says daughter choked to death accidentally

May 20 2018, 05:41 | Irvin Gilbert

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Man accused of sex trafficking wife may be connected to child's death in Illinois

No charges have been filed yet related to the death of the young girl. They suspect the child was killed in 2013.

Authorities in Las Vegas are coordinating with officials in IL on the investigation into the child's death.

Jason Quate made the comment Thursday during an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2rQDrBt ).

A man arrested in Las Vegas could face charges in connection with the child's body found in a detached garage in Centreville, Illinois, Tuesday morning.

Police in the Metro East are looking into whether a sex trafficking suspect facing charges in Las Vegas is responsible for the death of 6-year-old child in IL. Officers in Nevada are working with the Metro East authorities who are investigating the child's death, she said.

Quate was being held in custody on suspicion of felony sex trafficking and living from the earnings of a prostitute.

Quate told a Post-Dispatch reporter that when the family lived in Belleville, his three daughters had a habit of keeping food in their mouths well past mealtime.

Quate told the St. Louis newspaper that the girl choked when he spanked her, unaware she still had Salisbury steak in her mouth.

It started with a mother's tip from Las Vegas: Search the garage.

He repeatedly referred to the event as "the disgusting".

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"I've been an officer for 14 years and we're used to sad stories in this line of work, but when you hear of things like this, it really hits you in the gut", she said.

"If she didn't call the police, we never would have known", said Parker, who has lived nearby with his wife for more than 40 years. He said they kept the girl's body in their home in Belleville, Illinois, for some time.

The woman told police that she and Quate met in IL but later moved to Las Vegas. Las Vegas police have removed, now in their early teens, to protective custody.

The girls were found in an apartment where police said they were never allowed outside, even to attend school.

A forensic anthropologist will try to determine the child's gender and race, and police are trying to determine how the child died, Dye said.

A spokeswoman for the Clark County district attorney says a separate child abuse charge against Quate is pending.

A judge is expected to appoint a lawyer to represent him at the court hearing.

But Quate hasn't had a single run-in with Las Vegas police, Henderson police or North Las Vegas police.

Ritter reported from Las Vegas. Centreville is an impoverished just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

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