Neighbors in one Las Vegas neighborhood were shocked yesterday afternoon when police say they found a dead child in a home.
According to KLAS neighbors say that Kemaya Taylor had been acting strangely over the last few days. They say at one point, she sat in the driveway holding her children wrapped in blankets in the middle of the day when it was hot. She had also been seen throwing rocks at vehicles and breaking a truck’s window with a KitchenAid mixer.
All of this behavior seemed to be out of character but nothing could have prepared them for what happened next.
According to Taylor’s arrest report, a friend of hers became concerned when “she received a text from Taylor that she perceived as a vague suicidal threat.” That friend requested a welfare check on June 16 and Metro officers went to the home but couldn’t locate Taylor or her children.
On June 28, two Metro police officers did make contact with Taylor, 23, and said the home off Maryland Parkway in the Silverado Ranch area was in “complete disarray” and it appeared Taylor “was suffering from some sort of mental illness,” the report stated. The officers took Taylor into custody, began searching the house and came across a locked bedroom door upstairs.
The officers kicked the door open and discovered the two girls. The younger girl was standing next to the bed and the 5-year-old was on the bed, unresponsive. One of the officers began CPR on that child until medical personnel arrived and pronounced the girl dead.
While the home’s thermostat read 95 degrees, the temperature in the bedroom got up 101 degrees. In addition, a humidifier was turned on in the max position.
After Taylor was taken into custody and seated in the backseat of a Metro patrol car she began making utterances including “it was a necessary sacrifice” and insisted on being taken to an “insane asylum.” Neighbors also told police they overhead her say “I killed it” and she claimed to be “the son of Jacob.”
Taylor is charged with murder, along with two counts of felony child abuse. Her other child, a 2-year-old daughter, has been placed with Child Protective Services.
Taylor is due in court on July 15.