California police have charged Emiel Hunt with the murder of Trinity Jones, the 9-year-old girl who was found dead in a duffle bag in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, last Tuesday.
Hunt is the boyfriend of Trinity’s mother, Taquesta Graham, 28. Graham has also been detained as the second person of interest in the homicide, reports NBC 7.
As reported by Dearly, police have not released the 9-year-old’s exact cause of death after calling on the public for help in identifying the girl. Hunt, 38, has a previous child abuse conviction and has spent a decade in prison for abuse and torture, according to San Diego County records.
Hunt was found early Saturday morning sleeping in his car, which was located near the San Diego International Airport parking lot. He is currently being held on a $2 million bail.
He was dating Trinity’s mother, who is also a convicted felon.
Graham is a registered sex offender who was released in 2016 after serving time for enticing a minor female for prostitution in 2009.
With the two behind bars, Trinity’s family said they are still looking for answers.
Her relatives told KTLA:
“It’s more than just the mother and the boyfriend. We have to get to the bottom of it. We need justice. We need to figure it out. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this to no one. Everybody deserves and answer.”
In an emotional Facebook video, Trinity’s father Antonio Jones said:
“I have a 9-year-old daughter now who will never, ever, ever walk through my front door.”
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According to the Daily Mail, family members are demanding to know why Trinity was allowed to be in the custody of her mother since she is a registered sex offender.
The motive for Trinity’s murder has not been revealed at this time. Hunt can face up to 50 years in state prison if convicted for murder.
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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.