Woman, Boyfriend Sentenced to Prison in Death of 9-Year-Old Girl in Hacienda Heights – Los Angeles

Friday saw the sentence of a woman to state jail and her boyfriend for the death of her 9 year-old daughter. Her body was found in part inside a duffel bag close to a Hacienda Heights-area riding trail.

A court official stated that Taquesta Graham, and Emiel Hunter were sentenced to respective 15 years and 25 years imprisonment. 

The couple were charged with murder and torture in the death of Graham’s daughter, Trinity Love Jones. Her body was discovered at the bottom of an embankment near Colima Road, and the 3400 block Hacienda Boulevard, close to the His Lai Buddhist Temple.

County workers came across the child’s corpse while clearing brush. It was partially enclosed in a black rollaway duffel. Her head and upper body were protruding from the bag. 

Investigators believe the girl, who was being mourned at a public service of memorialization, had been left on the spot in the afternoon of March 1.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, she died as a result of neglect and blunt force trauma. 

Graham, Hunt, & Trinity moved out of a Long Beach home belonging to a relative in May 2018 and their extended family only had contact for 10 months.

The girl and her family were homeless at the time of the girl’s death and they lived in a Santa Fe Springs motel, or in their car, according to officials. Officials also said that no Department of Children and Family Services cases had been opened or are currently active.

Three days after the death of the girl, sheriff’s detectives in homicide investigated Hunt and Graham at a border crossing in Hudspeth County.

Graham was then required to return home to Los Angeles County. Prosecutors allege that she was convicted by San Bernardino County in 2016 for prostitution entice.

Hunt was released initially, but he was then taken into custody the next day after he was found in his Nissan Armada SUV while he was sleeping on a lot near San Diego International Airport. According to the prosecution, Hunt was convicted in 2005 of child abuse and great bodily injury in San Diego County.

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