The mother of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, who was found deceased in a duffel bag near a Los Angeles hiking trail, has now been arrested and is expected to be charged in her daughter’s murder.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department plans on charging 28-year-old Taquesta Graham with murder on Wednesday, according to @nypost. Just last week, prosecutors charged Graham’s boyfriend Emiel Hunt in Trinity’s murder.
Trinity was found March 5 at the bottom of an embankment in the suburb of Hacienda Heights wearing a shirt that said “Future Princess Hero.”
There were no obvious signs of trauma on her body and authorities have not revealed a cause of death or motive for the crime; though her death was ruled a homicide.
Graham was extradited from Texas to California last week and was initially held on an unrelated warrant. She was in custody Monday and could not be reached for an official comment.
Hunt, 38, has a previous child abuse conviction from 2005 in San Diego County, prosecutors said. His arraignment is scheduled for April 16.
Friends and family members described Trinity as a joyful and talented girl who performed well in school. A memorial near where her body was found featured stuffed animals, heart-shaped balloons, dozens of candles and notes expressing love for Trinity and one that said “Rest in heaven, Princess.”
Trinity’s parents, family members, and the community came together for a memorial. Her father, Antonio Jones, described her as “fun, loving, big heart, bubbly. Little girl could’ve been whatever she wanted to be in life,” ABC News reported.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing Graham’s case and she is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday at a court in LA County.