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California mother accused of killing son in Las Vegas reportedly confessed to strangling him

Mother makes Vegas court appearance
Posted at 9:15 AM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 14:22:36-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The California mother accused of killing her son in Las Vegas and dumping his body near a trailhead appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday morning.

Samantha Moreno-Rodriguez, 35, who was arrested in Colorado and extradited to Las Vegas, appeared via video conference.

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During her court appearance, a state prosecutor told the court that Moreno-Rodriguez confessed to strangling her son for 15 minutes and taking his clothes off after he died.


RAW: Samantha Moreno-Rodriguez in Las Vegas court

Liam Husted's body was found by hikers near the Mountain Springs trailhead off State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump on May 28.

The 7-year-old boy was initially misidentified by a Las Vegas woman. He was eventually identified after a family friend in San Jose, Calif., saw a sketch of the boy.

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The judge ordered Moreno-Rodriguez to be held without bail. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3. She was assigned a public defender.