Taquesta Graham has officially been charged with the murder of her 9-year-old daughter Trinity Love Jones. Taquesta Graham was charged nearly two weeks after workers found her daughter’s then-unidentified body in a duffel bag in Hacienda Heights, California.
“Authorities say Taquesta Graham, 28, was extradited to Los Angeles from Texas on March 14,” CBS News reported. “She has been held without bail ever since. Charges are expected to be filed Wednesday, followed by an arraignment, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”
Police arrested Graham’s boyfriend, 38-year-old Emiel Hunt, on March 12 and charged him with Trinity’s murder. Hunt faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life behind bars if he’s convicted. His arraignment was scheduled for April 16.
Hunt was a registered sex offender and had a prior child abuse conviction from 2005. He was also convicted in 2009 of enticing a minor for prostitution.
All three of them moved from a family member’s home in Long Beach in May 2018. They reportedly had limited contact with their family and were homeless just prior to the child’s death.
“Trinity was our princess… My family and I are devastated about losing her,” said Sytrice Oldham-Edmond, the mother’s cousin. “She didn’t deserve any of this. She didn’t deserve to be tossed out like trash Trinity will be greatly missed.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced on March 8 that Trinity’s death was a homicide after her remains were found. It was previously designated a suspicious death investigation. Investigators believed at the time that she was dumped there sometime on the evening of March 3. Her body was found on March 5.
The homicide ruling confirmed what many had already suspected—she was killed intentionally.
The sheriff’s office released this statement about the case, “The victim was found partially inside a black roll away type duffel bag … where her upper body was seen protruding. Although preliminary investigation initially led investigators to believe the victim was between the ages of seven and 10 years, further investigation with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner determined the victim was a Black female between the ages of eight and 13. The young girl was found to be wearing a pink, long sleeve shirt with gray panda print pants (actual clothing depicted). She stood approx. 4 ft, 5 inch. tall and weighed about 55 lbs. No obvious signs of trauma were found on the victim’s body.”