The mother of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones has been arrested in connection with her death.
Taquesta Graham, 29, was extradited from Texas to Los Angeles, where Trinity’s body was found partially protruding from a duffel bag on a Hacienda Heights trail earlier this month.
Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Hunt, has already been charged in connection with the girl’s death and is being held on $2 million bail. Hunt had been previously convicted of child abuse in 2005, according to reports.
Trinity’s body was found by county workers who were cleaning the trail on March 5 and spotted the duffel bag. Police said at the time that it had been found within 48 hours of being left there.
A mass call to the public was put out to help identify Trinity, who was found wearing panda print pants and a pink shirt. Hunt and Graham were stopped by border patrol in Texas on March 8, authorities said. Hunt was released at the time but Graham was arrested on another warrant, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Hunt reportedly drove back to California after the stop, police said, and was later arrested in connection with the murder.
Trinity’s father, Antonio Jones, had previously said he was devastated to learn what had happened to his daughter. He posted a Facebook video showing himself grappling with her death.
"She can't tell me how much she loves me, she can't tell me how much she misses me," Jones says in the video.
He also posted several videos of a makeshift memorial erected for Trinity.
Trinity's memorial service is set to be held on March 25 in Hacienda Heights. The attendees are encouraged to wear bright colors as they want to celebrate Trinity’s “young and vibrant life.”