'It Was A Necessary Sacrifice': Mom in Custody After Daughter Found Dead in Locked Room

A Las Vegas mother allegedly locked her two children in a smoldering room without air conditioning, police said. One of the children was dead when police discovered them.

Kemaya Taylor, 23, is accused of leaving her 5-year-old and 2-year-old daughters locked in a 101-degree bedroom, according to police. The older girl was found lying on the bed under a blanket and unresponsive, while the toddler was discovered standing next to the bed. Life-saving measures were performed, but the 5-year-old was pronounced dead in the home.

The Las Vegas Metro Police were first aware of Taylor when her friend requested a welfare check on June 16. The friend told police "she received a text from Taylor that she perceived as a vague suicidal threat," the arrest report read.

"Taylor stated she was 'quitting her job' and 'watch out on the news,'" police said about the messages the friend received.

The police went to Taylor's home near East Pyle Avenue and South Maryland Parkway, but Taylor and her children were not there.

Taylor's house was described by police as in "complete disarray" when they went back to the house on June 28. The police report described furniture knocked over in both the house and the backyard as well as the patio door being shattered. Social security cards and birth certificates were strewn across the floor.

The verticle blinds near the home's patio door appeared to be covered in blood, but police said the red liquid was actually hot sauce.

Officers took Taylor, who they believed was suffering from a mental illness, into custody and then started to search the home.

"[An officer] asked Taylor where her children were," police said. "At first Taylor would not answer but she eventually told [police] they were upstairs in the residence."

Temperature Displayed in Las Vegas
A Las Vegas woman is charged after her daughters were found locked in a hot room, killing one of them. Above, a digital sign displays a temperature of 115 degrees on June 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The door to the bedroom where the girls were found had to be kicked down by police during the search. Officers noted "the temperature in the bedroom felt exponentially warmer than the rest of the residence," according to the report. The air conditioning was not on. The thermostat read 95 degrees, but police believe the room's temperature reached 101 degrees while the girls were locked in there.

"A humidifier was also found to be on and in the 'max' position," police said.

According to police, Taylor requested to be taken to an "insane asylum" and said "It was a necessary sacrifice," while she waited in the back of the police car. The report also detailed other phrases Taylor said including "I killed it" and she also claimed to be the son of Jacob according to neighbors.

WFLA reported neighbors noticed Taylor acting strangely two days before the girls were discovered. They claim she threw rocks at passing vehicles and was walking around carrying a cake mixer, blender and a bat. Taylor also sat in the middle of her driveway with her children wrapped in blankets during the heatwave.

The front windshield of a 2017 Ford F250 pickup truck parked nearby was shattered, and the KitchenAid mixer Taylor was reportedly wielding was found on the hood of the truck.

The 2-year-old was taken by Child Protective Services. She was treated and released from a local hospital after she was found to be uninjured and healthy, according to police.

The Clark County coroner's office has not released the cause of death for the 5-year-old girl. Taylor was charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of murder.