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Mom in Fatal Child Abandonment Case Surrenders with 5 Kids

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada-

The mother in an apparent child abandonment case where a 3-year-old girl was found dead in a North Las Vegas home has been arrested.

Police said 38-year-old Kellie Phillips surrendered to police at her attorney’s Las Vegas office late Tuesday afternoon.

The five children between ages 1 and 9 in her care were also there in good health. They are now in protective custody.

Phillips is facing two charges of child-abuse resulting in harm or death.

On Monday, 39-year-old Jondrew Lachaux also surrendered. He faces charges of child-abuse and for concealing evidence.

The case came to light after a badly malnourished infant was hospitalized and her 17-year-old mother was arrested.

The teen had said that her mother, Phillips, and Lachaux left her weeks ago with the two younger children.