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State says Brandon Toseland went to 'incredible lengths' to hide death of boy found in freezer

Toseland is accused of killing 4-year-old Mason Dominguez. A mental issue was previously raised in the case.
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Posted at 5:45 AM, Apr 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-12 15:48:11-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Brandon Toseland was denied bail once again in court on Thursday morning.

Toseland is accused of killing 4-year-old Mason Dominguez and putting his body in a freezer. Police located Mason’s body in February.

At Thursday's hearing, Toseland's attorney Augustus Claus requested that they set bail for him and argued that he did not believe Toseland was a risk to the community.

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The state explained that when Mason was found dead, parts of his small intestine were ripped. Mason also had a laceration to his left eye, contusions to his face, abdomen, arms and abrasions throughout his head.

Court documents show that Toseland never called the police or medical personnel to try and revive Mason. Instead, the state said Toseland went to "incredible lengths" to try and conceal the murder.

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At this time, Mason's cause of death remains unclear. Officials are still waiting on a report from the medical examiner's office.

The state is expecting a result from the grand jury today so it can move forward with charges against Toseland.

Toseland has been charged with kidnapping and murder.

A status check is scheduled for April 11 at 8 a.m.

At his last court appearance, Toseland’s public defender at the time, Scott Coffee, shared with 13 Action News that Toseland planned to plead not guilty. Coffee said he believed the case called for a review of Toseland’s mental health.

Toseland has since hired Claus (sitting to the left of Toseland in the photo below) back in March. Claus told 13 Action News he could not provide information on how he plans to proceed.

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Brandon Toseland (top right) appears in court on April 7, 2022. Toseland is accused of killing 4-year-old Mason Dominguez and placing his body in a freezer. Toseland’s previous public defender told me he planned to plead not guilty. (Photo: Alyssa Bethencourt, 13 Action News)

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For continuing coverage of this case, visit ktnv.com/ChildHomicideInvestigation.