Man investigated in death of child points to his wife

Woman's tip in Las Vegas leads police to child's badly decomposed body in Illinois garage

Officers found a child's remains Tuesday in the garage behind a vacant home in Centreville, Illinois, after a woman in Las Vegas contacted police.

According to a press release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Jason Quate, 34, was arrested after his wife left their home in Las Vegas and fled to a women's shelter.

Detectives authored a search warrant for the Las Vegas address, and in the early morning hours of June 6, LVMPD SWAT officers assisted with the service of that search warrant.

His 6-year-old daughter, whose body was found Tuesday morning in a Centreville garage, choked to death about four years ago when their family lived in Belleville, Quate told a reporter in a jailhouse interview in Las Vegas.

Alyssa was the youngest of three girls, each born 16 months apart, according to her maternal grandmother Christine O'Dell. Belleville police said in a statement that a team of officers was sent to Las Vegas to coordinate the investigation. "Their social skills were very non-age-appropriate". Quate has not been charged in his daughter's death, though a homicide investigation continues in IL. His bail was set at $23,000 cash on the previous charges.

Quate had initially been charged with sex trafficking of an adult and accepting/receiving earnings of a prostitute, jail records show. She accused him of abusing her for years and told investigators that he forced her to prostitute herself. No charges had been filed Thursday, and there were no criminal charges in IL in his daughter's death.


"She was looking for a good place to hide the body", he said.

Centreville police Sgt. DeMarius Thomas Sr. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that police believe the child was killed in nearby Belleville, Illinois, and dumped in the garage.

Las Vegas police said the two surviving girls were kept inside virtually all the time and didn't attend school.

"Obviously I am the victim here", said Jason Quate during an interview from the Clark County Detention Center. Police said two children were inside the home and showed signs of neglect and abuse. She said her husband had forced her into sex trafficking for two years.

"I'm not the monster she's making me out to be", he said. He told the Post-Dispatch that he had lied to the TV station and that his wife had come up with the adoption story after their daughter died. She has not been charged with a crime in Las Vegas. Centreville is an impoverished just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The wife was charged in March 2015 in St. Clair County with a retail theft case that was later dismissed. "What happened? How could she have known this all this time and didn't say nothing?" He insisted he never forced her into prostitution.

One neighbor said it was Quate's wife that anxious her.

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