RENO, Nev. (KTLA) -- The Nevada parents of a 5-year-old girl whose body was left in a duffel bag in a California storage unit pleaded guilty to killing her, according to court documents.
Averyauna Anderson, 25, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and Tyler Anderson, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Washoe County District Court Thursday. They both also pleaded guilty to destruction of evidence.
Cali Anderson’s body was malnourished and emaciated when she was found dead in a storage unit in Sacramento, California, in May 2018, court documents said. An autopsy revealed the girl suffered from complications arising from malnourishment.
Investigators believe the girl was dead for a week in the couple’s Reno apartment before they placed her in a bag and then a plastic drum.
They rented a truck and left the body in a storage facility owned by a friend, who became suspicious and called police, authorities said.
Detectives who searched the couple’s apartment found a wire animal crate with handcuffs attached and a backpack next to the crate with a hat inside bearing the girl’s name, authorities said.