Pahrump man faces murder, abuse charges in death of girlfriend's 3-year-old

Cole Engelson, 38, faces charges that include open murder in the death Saturday, July 15, 2017, of a 3-year-old in Pahrump, Nev. (NCSO photo)

A 38-year-old man has admitted responsibility for the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

Cole Engelson, of Pahrump faces open murder, child abuse and domestic violence charges after the Saturday death.

About 7:10 p.m. Saturday, the Nye County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding a child who had stopped breathing at a residence in the 5000 block of East Manse Street, according to a news release from the NCSO.

Emergency personnel from Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Service were dispatched and found a woman performing CPR on her 3-year-old daughter. In addition to being unresponsive and not breathing, the child suffered from multiple bruises and other injuries. Emergency personnel provided life-saving measures while transporting the child to Desert View Hospital where emergency department staff tried to save the girl's life. The child was pronounced deceased as a result of the severe injuries.

NCSO deputies and detectives responded to the residence and began an investigation.

Detectives determined that Engelson is the boyfriend of the child's mother and had been alone with the child for some time prior to the girl's death. Engelson acknowledged his responsibility for the death of the child however provided very limited information to detectives.

Engelson was placed into custody and booked at the Nye County Detention Center. He is being held on no bail.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence and searched well into the early morning hours Sunday for evidence of what occurred to the child.

The Division of Child and Family Services was notified to take custody of other children living in the residence and place them with alternative adult family members pending the outcome of the investigation.

The investigation remains ongoing. Further details will be released pending the results of an autopsy and completion of the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Nye County Sheriff's Office at 775-751-7000, attention Detective A. Fernandes or by email at

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