Parents of girl found dead in garage charged with concealing a homicidal death
A Las Vegas woman accused of concealing the death of her 6-year-old daughter in Belleville for years was booked into the St. Clair County Jail on Sunday.
Elizabeth Quate was brought to the metro-east by an extradition company used to bring defendants to the county.
Before formal charges in her daughter’s death were filed, she had been booked in June into the Las Vegas jail on a fugitive warrant from an unrelated forgery case in St. Clair County.
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ken Herbert confirmed Monday morning that the 35-year-old woman had made it back to Illinois from Nevada.
She and her husband Jason Quate were each charged June 9 with concealing Alysha Quate’s homicidal death. As a class 3 felony, the crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Jason Quate is in custody in Las Vegas, where he faces almost 40 charges in connection to his reported treatment of his two surviving daughters and Elizabeth Quate.
Herbert said since the man is facing charges in both jurisdictions, it’s unclear when he will be extradited to St. Clair County.
Jason Quate is scheduled to appear in Las Vegas court Wednesday; both his and his wife’s metro-east cases are pending a grand jury hearing.
The case came to light when Elizabeth Quate went to a Las Vegas women’s shelter June 5 and told authorities her husband had been prostituting her. She told Las Vegas police they could find the body of her 6-year-old daughter, Alysha Quate, in a detached garage in Centreville. Local police went to the address and found the girl’s body in the garage the morning of June 6.
Police raided the Quates’ Las Vegas apartment on the same day and found his two surviving daughters — 11 and 13 — pantless, laying on separate mattresses and showing signs of severe abuse and neglect, according to police reports.
The surviving girls were taken to the Southern Nevada Children’s Assessment Center for forensic interviewing. Investigators reported they discovered reason to believe Jason Quate had sexually abused the two, as well.
Jason Quate has been charged with five counts of sexual assault against a child younger than 14, 21 counts of lewdness with a child younger than 14, one count of committing open or gross lewdness with a child younger than 18, and six counts of child abuse and neglect, two alleging severe mental or bodily harm. In addition, police charged him with sex-trafficking of an adult, accepting and receiving the earnings of a prostitute and possessing child pornography.
The AP reported that if Quate is convicted of the five child-sexual-assault counts and 21 lewdness-with-a-minor counts, he could be sentenced to 385 years to life in Nevada state prison.
Shortly after the child’s body was found, Elizabeth Quate was taken into custody in Las Vegas on a fugitive warrant from an unrelated forgery case out of St. Clair County.
Police believe Alysha Quate died in a home on Lebanon Avenue in Belleville before her body was hidden in Centreville. Her autopsy earlier this month in St. Louis was inconclusive. St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. said further tests need to be conducted because the child’s body was so badly decomposed.