Man investigated in death of child points to his wife

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The discovery was made Tuesday in Centreville, a suburb southeast of St. Louis. This Tuesday, June 6, 2017, photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Jason Quate, who was arrested Tuesday after his wife told police he had forced her into sex trafficking. It was she who found the garage in Centreville and left the girl's body there, he said.

The girl's remains were found early Tuesday morning inside a detached garage at a vacant house in Centreville.

Any charges related to the girl's death would be filed in IL, where investigators found the remains.

During the interview with detectives, the woman also told police that during an altercation with her husband, he killed her 6-year-old daughter, put her body in a container and hid it in a garage in IL.

"I've been an officer for 14 years and we're used to sad stories in this line of work, but when you hear of things like this, it really hits you in the gut", she said.

"She stated that her husband was extremely abusive and had forced her to go out to solicit herself for prostitution and also was physically abusive to the children", a Las Vegas Police Department spokesman told KMOV. Centreville police Sgt. DeMarius Thomas Sr. told the St. Louis Post-Disaptch that police believe the child was killed in nearby Belleville, Ill, and dumped in the garage. Belleville police said a team of investigators is headed to Nevada. Investigators believe the child was killed in Belleville, Illinois, in 2013.

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The woman's husband, Jason Quate, 34, is jailed in Las Vegas on charges of sex trafficking and living off the earnings of a prostitute.

Las Vegas police said the tip about the child's body stemmed from an unrelated investigation there. Quate has not been charged in his daughter's death, though a homicide investigation continues in IL. She said she would not allow authorities to enter and check the children's well-being.

Representatives of Belleville schools did not respond to a request for information about the Quate girls' time in the district.

Las Vegas police said the woman showed up at a shelter seeking assistance Monday night. Raymond Spencer said in a video statement.

Quate told KSNV-TV in Las Vegas that he believed his wife put the 6-year-old up for adoption years ago. They were taken into protective custody. Neighbors said they didn't have a clue as to what was happening in the home. "You have some very seasoned SWAT officers who were visibly shaken and moved by how disturbing of a scene it was out there this morning", said Las Vegas police Lt.

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