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Mother’s boyfriend charged in toddler’s death

Metro Police traveling to Phoenix to interview two in toddler’s death


Metro Police

Darrean Williams and William Marshall were being sought in the death of a toddler girl found in a trash bin Wednesday near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Toddler found dead in trash bin

Metro Police officers investigate after a dead baby was discovered in a trash bin Wednesday behind the Kona Loha Sierra apartment complex. Launch slideshow »

The mother of a toddler girl found in a trash bin and the woman's boyfriend have been taken into police custody in Phoenix, Metro Police investigators said Sunday.

Metro homicide detectives were en route to Phoenix late Sunday morning to interview the girl's mother, Darrean Williams, 22, and boyfriend William Marshall, 37. Police said Marshall was arrested on a warrant charging him in the death of the girl, identified Sunday as 21-month-old Shia Travis.

Police responded at 3:42 p.m. Wednesday to an apartment complex at 560 Sierra Vista Ave. after a homeless man searching through trash bins flagged down an officer after finding a bag containing the child's body.

Homicide detectives responded to begin their investigation and to talk with anyone in the area who might have information in the case. Investigators learned the child had lived in Apartment No. 67 at the complex and that her mother and the woman's boyfriend were possibly headed to the Phoenix area, police said Sunday.

Williams and Marshall were taken into custody Saturday night and Metro Police investigators will conduct interviews. The two were identified Thursday as "persons of interest" in the case.

Police said they expect to release additional details in the case Monday.

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