A mum-of-two has been arrested for allegedly murdering her five-year-old daughter after the youngster died while locked in a hot bedroom without air conditioning.
Kamaya Taylor, 23, was detained on Monday after police found the young girl dead at the family home in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8NewsNow reports.
Temperatures in the popular US resort have soared this summer, with the mercury passing 40C earlier this week.
Shortly before her arrest, a neighbour in Missouri Meadows Street claimed the woman had been throwing stones at cars – smashing windows – and declared: “I’m son of Jacob. I killed her.”
The mum's younger daughter, two, has been handed over to social services, the Mirror reports.
Neighbours described Taylor's state that day as irrational, the landlord of the property told Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"She had one of her babies in her arms in that heat with blankets covering her baby … in a foetal position. She kept saying 'I’m son of Jacob. I killed her,'" said the landlord.
"She got up and started smashing windows of cars around here."
The landlord also alleged that Taylor looked like she needed help before the tragedy but when told this she replied: “I have no-one.”
Taylor's claim she had no family to help has been reportedly denied by the dead child’s grandmother Marisa Brown.
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She said her son, the dad of the two-year-old, was very much involved in looking after the kids.
“My son wants to make one thing clear, Kemaya had all the help that she needed,” Brown told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Taylor was also charged with two counts of child abuse.
“The two children were found locked inside a bedroom,” Clark County prosecutor Steven Rose reportedly said yesterday, Thursday, morning.
He confirmed that the air conditioning was not on in the house, but was unsure whether it had been turned off or disconnected.
Las Vegas Police said the child's death is believed to be heat-related.
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