The mother of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was discovered inside a duffel bag in Los Angeles earlier this month, has been arrested and extradited from Texas to California.
Taquesta Graham arrived Thursday night at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s station in Norwalk, where she was interviewed regarding the murder of her daughter. The 28-year-old mother was being held without bail on a parole violation unrelated to Trinity’s death, according to jail records.
Graham’s extradition comes after investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office announced it was preparing a criminal case against her in the death of her daughter, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Authorities on Thursday announced that they arrested Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Hunt, and charged him with one count of first-degree murder in connection with Trinity’s death.
Prosecutors say Hunt killed the 9-year-old “on or about” March 1. Her body was found in a duffel bag a few days later on March 5 along an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights — an unincorporated community in Los Angeles County.
Her death has been ruled a homicide though, authorities have not said how she was killed.
Hunt was previously convicted of torture and felony child abuse in 2005 and sentenced to 12 years behind bars. The 38-year-old suspect is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at a jail in downtown Los Angeles.
If convicted, he faces life in prison.
Graham also has a criminal history — the mother has a prior conviction for involvement with a minor prostitute, according to the Los Angeles Times. She has so far not been charged in the death of her daughter.