Texas Mother Arrested After 2-Month-Old Daughter Found Dead in Bag of Ice

A mother who was wanted by police after her daughter was found dead inside a bag full of ice that was left in a Texas motel is now in custody.

According to arrest records on the Harris County Sheriff's Office website, Nikki Reardon was arrested on Monday, months after the body of her 2-month old daughter was found at the Scottish Inn Suites, in Baywater, in September 2020.

Officers arrived at the motel after they received an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers that the baby had died, according to ABC13. The caller also told police that the child had been dead for at least 48 hours.

When police entered the room they found Reardon surrounded by children's clothes and toys scattered across the floor. After returning with a search warrant, they found the baby in a pink duffle bag that had been packed with ice.

At the time, Reardon told police she had been selling cocaine and methamphetamine in order to make some money and had been packing some things in the room before she fell asleep for several hours.

When Reardon woke up, she told police her baby daughter was lying face down on the bed. According to ABC13, Reardon told officers that she didn't call an ambulance as, "It was too late. She wasn't breathing. What were they going to do?"

Last month, Reardon went on the run after she failed to appear for a hearing on aggravated robbery charges.

While on the run, Assistant District Attorney James Gordon told ABC13: "This is someone who is facing very serious charges, on many of the charges she has against her she faces life in prison."

When she was arrested on Monday, officers charged Reardon with numerous offenses.

Arresting records seen by Newsweek said Reardon had been charged with prostitution with three or more priors, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, endangering a child and tampering with evidence—a human corpse.

At this time, Reardon has not been directly charged with the death of her daughter.

The document also said that her bond had been set at $35,000. Of that, $20,000 came from the tampering with evidence charge and the $15,000 was for endangering a child.

Reardon is now being held in the Harris County Jail in central Houston.

Officials have not released the baby's cause of death.

Newsweek has contacted the Harris County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Nikki Reardon faces serious charges.
Nikki Reardon faces serious charges related to the death of her daughter. Stock image of police cars. iStock/ Getty