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Body of 2-year-old Las Vegas boy found near site of disappearance, no bail for suspect


Terrell Rhodes makes his first appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (KSNV)
Terrell Rhodes makes his first appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (KSNV)
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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The man arrested after allegedly admitting to killing 2-year-old Amari Nicholson following several days of frantic searching for the child will be held without bail.

Terrell Rhodes, the boyfriend of the victim's mother, made his first court appearance on Wednesday, just hours before police announced they found Amari's body.

Amari was reported as missing last Wednesday, leading to several pleas for help from his family and intense searches in the area of Paradise Road and Twain Avenue, where he was last seen.

Before his arrest on Tuesday, Rhodes, 27, had claimed he was watching Amari when a woman claiming to be the toddler's aunt picked him up from the Emerald Suites apartments on Paradise, purportedly to take him to his father, according to notices from Amari's family.

Police said at a press conference Tuesday they identified Rhodes as a homicide suspect during their investigation of Amari's disappearance, and that he tried to grab an officer's gun at one point during his arrest. They did not take any questions from reporters.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, LVMPD said Amari's body was found in the 400 block of E. Twain Avenue, near Paradise Road. Further details were not provided.

A prosecutor said at Wednesday's court appearance that Rhodes admitted to police to hitting Amari numerous times, causing his death. Blood and soiled child’s clothing were also found inside his apartment.

The prosecutor alleged Rhodes lied to authorities for almost a week about what happened to the child before his admission.

LVMPD told news outlets Wednesday morning that Rhodes would not be available for any jailhouse interviews due to his "current custody classification."

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His next court appearance is scheduled for May 17.

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