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St. Louis prosecutor charges couple with concealing child's death

Elizabeth Quate, 35, and Jason Quate, 34. (KSNV file)

Prosecutors in Illinois have filed homicide charges on the parents of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found in a container.

Initially, detectives were led to the body after the woman told police here in Las Vegas her husband forced her into prostitution.

Prosecutors in Illinois have charged the man and woman with the concealment of a homicidal death.

Law enforcement in Illinois believes 35-year-old Elizabeth Quate and her husband Jason had a role in their daughter Alysha's murder.

Detectives believe the child was killed back in 2013 and left inside the garage of an Illinois home.

"The time the child was allegedly deceased. The time of the victim the child was found. A lengthy period of time," St. Clair County, Ill. prosecutor Brendan Kelly said at a news conference.

Jason Quate, 34, appeared for the first time in a Clark County courtroom for his preliminary hearing.

With his public defender next to him, Quate had nothing to say.

A police report released describes a tumultuous relationship between Quate and his wife. The arrest report says Quate demanded his wife work as a prostitute and earn at least $200-$300 a night to support the family.

On Wednesday, Quate had plenty to say to News 3 behind bars. He denied those accusations.

"This is all her idea. She wanted to come out here and be a prostitute. She wanted to do all this. I never forced her to do this. I begged her to get a job," Jason Quate said, in an interview on Wednesday.

The arrest affidavit goes on to say Quate's wife told investigators he did not allow the couple's three children to talk to her. There also was an incident in Illinois where a principal called the Department of Child and Family Services after observing Quate kissed one of his daughters on the lips.

Quate says it's the main reason his girls were homeschooled. He claims his wife supported it.

"It's funny you are saying all this. She knows they've been homeschooled. It's for a good reason," said Quate. "We took my daughter to Douglas and they called DCFS because I use to give her kisses on the cheek. They found out everything was fine."

When police spoke with Quate, the report says he told them he did tell his wife to work as a prostitute when they lived in Illinois. Quate never admitted to that in his interview with News 3.

"I have faith in the judicial system. I just hope the truth comes out. I told them I'm willing to take a lie detector test. Do whatever it takes to prove who is lying and who is telling the lies here," said Quate.

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