Jailed man sought in Illinois charged in Vegas

Erika Turner
June 9, 2017

The dead child was found in the detached garage of a dilapidated, boarded-up home in Centreville, an impoverished community just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The woman reportedly told shelter workers that she had escaped after being held captive in her Las Vegas apartment and sex trafficked by her husband for the last two years.

On Tuesday, police in Centreville found the decomposed body of a child inside a container in a garage.

Investigators found the child's body Tuesday.

Any charges related to the girl's death would be filed in IL, where investigators found the remains.

Las Vegas police Lt. Raymond Spencer told the St. Louis-Dispatch that the woman who tipped police to the decomposing remains went to police to report that not only was her husband forcing her into prostitution but abusing two of the children in their home, who were kept in strict isolation. "I haven't touched her", he said.

Authorities say human remains have been found after a Las Vegas woman told investigators her dead child had been in a vacant southern IL home for two years.

Officers found the small body wrapped in two blankets.

She said her husband had killed their third daughter, 6, during an altercation when the family was still living in IL.

Thomas said police believe the child was killed in Belleville and dumped in the garage.

The woman's husband, Jason Quate, 34, is jailed in Las Vegas on charges of sex trafficking and living off the earnings of a prostitute.

During the course of the investigation, the victim indicated she had moved to Las Vegas approximately 2 years ago, but they had previously lived in the state of IL.

Quate's bail was set at $5,000 cash on the new charge.

In the jailhouse interview, Quate said he never murdered his child. They also said the girls showed signs of abuse and neglect.

Belleville police will be going to Las Vegas as part of the investigation into the child's death. She said officers met to discuss the "extremely disturbing" child death case Tuesday, but would not give details.

It started with a mother's tip from Las Vegas: Search the garage.

The two daughters had a "significant amount of scars and bruises on their bodies", Spencer said in an interview Thursday. Quate said he believed that his wife had put the 6-year-old up for adoption.

His wife's involvement in prostitution was "her idea", Quate said. Both were taken into protective custody.

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