LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The mother of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag at the bottom of an embankment in Hacienda Heights arrived in California for questioning Thursday after she was detained in Texas on an alleged parole violation, authorities said.
Taquesta Graham, 28, has not been named a suspect in the death of her daughter, Trinity Love Jones, whose body was discovered partially protruding from a duffel bag by a county work crew on March 5, Deputy Michelle Sanchez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau said in a written statement.
“Graham remains to be held in Los Angeles County custody on the unrelated warrant,” Sanchez said. “Homicide investigators continue to vet community tips and follow up on additional evidence obtained during the investigation. The criminal case naming Taquesta Graham is being prepared for presentation to the District Attorney’s Office on a later date.”
Graham’s boyfriend, 38-year-old Emiel Lamar Hunt, was charged Tuesday with murder for the death of Trinity Love Jones, officials said. He’s scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court to enter a plea on April 16.
Hunt served more than a decade in prison after being convicted of abusing his own son in San Diego County in 2005, sheriff’s Detective Marc Boivert said.
It was not clear Thursday what crime Graham had been convicted of that placed her under parole supervision.
The body of Trinity Love Jones was discovered on the morning of March 5, investigators said.
Sheriff’s officials previously said they believed the body had been pushed over the side of an embankment from a turnout along Hacienda Boulevard, just south of Colima Road, within two days of being discovered. But detectives now believe the victim had been dropped off several days earlier.
“Since then, additional information revealed that the victim’s body was actually left at the crime scene during the afternoon hours of March 1,” according to Sanchez.