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Mom charged with killing child and putting her in duffel bag makes first court appearance

Posted: 6:31 AM, Aug 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-28 13:22:16-04

Aisha Thomas, the mother charged with killing her daughter and putting her body in a duffel bag, made her first court appearance Monday.

Thomas has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 1. 

Thomas initially called police and told them that her 3-year-old child disappeared on a short walk to a nearby grocery store.

Officers searched her apartment twice before finding a small body in a duffel bag in a closet. 

The child's grandmother Teena Stansberry told 13 Action News that she is devastated.

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The grandmother traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend to take care of the remaining siblings.

The child's father was arrested a few days before the discovery after a domestic violence incident.