UPDATE: 3-year-old girl killed in Pahrump identified

UPDATE JULY 19: The Clark County coroner identified the child as 3-year-old Yessenia Camp of Pahrump. She died of multiple blunt force injuries and her death was ruled a homicide.

The Nye County Sheriff's Office also released additional details relating to the crime.

During the autopsy, the medical examiner found absolutely no physical evidence that a
sexual assault occurred. The autopsy also found that the bruises found on the child were recent and at this point in the investigation it is possible they could have all been made during this incident.

To date, there has been no probable cause found to believe that the mother of the child has committed any crime. The Nye County Sheriff's Office said the mother has been and remains completely cooperative with the  investigation.


On July 15 the Nye County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a child who had stopped breathing at a residence on the 5000 block of East Manse Street in Pahrump.

Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Service arrived at the scene and found a woman performing CPR on her 3-year-old child.  Not only was the child unresponsive and not breathing, the child had multiple bruises and other injuries.

The child was transported to Desert View Hospital but pronounced dead as a result of the severe injuries.

Officers determined that Cole Engelson, the boyfriend of the child's mother, had been alone with the child before the child died. When questioned, Engelson admitted he was responsible for the death of the child but provided no motive.

Engelson was then taken into custody and booked into the Nye County Detention Center on domestic violence, child abuse with substantial bodily harm resulting in death and murder charges.

He is being held on no bail.

The Division of Child and Family Services took custody of the other children living in the residence and place them with alternative adult family members.

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