Coroner: Nevada woman says child's body in Illinois garage

Coroner: Nevada woman says child's body in Illinois garage

Blake Casey
June 9, 2017

The discovery was made Tuesday in Centreville, a suburb southeast of St. Louis.

A Las Vegas woman told investigators Tuesday that her dead child had been in a southern IL home for two years, and authorities later found human remains in the vacant house, according to authorities.

A woman who lived next door to the Quates in Belleville said she used to drive Quate's wife to work at various fast-food restaurants because she had crashed cars her parents had given her and had no transportation.

She also told authorities the body of her "baby" - 6-year-old Alyssa - could be found in the Centreville garage at 7201 Russell Ave.

A man under investigation after his wife told police he killed their 6-year-old daughter and hid the body in an IL garage directed suspicion at his wife in a jailhouse interview.

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

Contact 13 investigated the background of the man Las Vegas police charged with sex trafficking, and IL officials suspect may be involved in the death of one of his own children. "I've begged her to get a regular job", Quate said. The woman also accused Quate of forcing her into sex trafficking and abusing their other two daughters.

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After the wife came forward, police went to the apartment and found "a very disturbing scene", said Lt. Raymond Spencer. Investigators believe the child was killed in 2013. Investigators believe the child was killed in Belleville, Illinois, in 2013.

Quate was transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he now faces charges of sex trafficking of an adult and accept/receive earnings of a prostitute.

The girl's mother contacted police from a woman's shelter, where she said she had gone to seek refuge from her husband. No charges have been filed in his daughter's death. But in an interview with KSNV-TV in Las Vegas, he denied any wrongdoing.

Spencer said officers were told the woman's remaining children, who are in their early teens, were never allowed outside, even to attend school.

The Associated Press is withholding the woman's name to avoid identifying the children and because authorities said she is considered a victim in the sex trafficking and prostitution case. They needed support from police to get into the auto that took them away and into protective custody, he said.

He said they had broken up as a couple long ago but were staying together for the kids "and I think she was just fed up with supporting financially a man and children who did not love her".