Maha Li Hobbs, Alexus Nelson

Maha Li Hobbs, Alexus Nelson (Images via Colorado Bureau of Investigation; Aurora Police Department)

A 27-year-old Colorado mother is under arrest and may soon face murder charges after the remains of a child were found in a closet at her apartment this week, as investigators searched for her missing 5-year-old daughter Maha Li Hobbs.

According to the Aurora Police Department, Alexus Tanielle Nelson was initially taken into custody Tuesday on a charge for attempting to influence a public servant, after the suspect allegedly lied to cops about putting the missing girl up for adoption. Aurora Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters Thursday that the girl’s grandmother in Georgia called Tuesday to report that Nelson had said “concerning” things by text.

“The charges stem from about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, when Aurora911 received a call from an out of state person who reported their daughter, Nelson, had made concerning statements to them by text. The caller also raised concerns about the safety of their granddaughter,” Aurora Police said in a press release. “Officers responded to Nelson’s apartment in the 1000 block of South Elkhart Way. Nelson told police she gave her daughter up for adoption but couldn’t provide officers with any records. Investigators couldn’t independently verify the adoption through state records, prompting Nelson’s initial arrest for attempting to influence a public servant.”

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