Wanted mom Samantha Moreno Rodriguez arrested after son Liam Husted, 7, found dead on hiking trail near Las Vegas

Wanted mom Samantha Moreno Rodriguez arrested after son Liam Husted, 7, found dead on hiking trail near Las Vegas

THE mother of a seven-year-old boy found dead on a hiking trail near Las Vegas last month was arrested on Tuesday, cops say.

Authorities said Liam Husted, seven, left San Jose, CA with mom Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35, on May 24 – just four days before his body was found.


The boy was discovered on May 28 by a person hiking in the Mountain Springs area – around 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

Rodriguez is accused of killing her son and a nationwide hunt was underway before Tuesday's arrest in Denver, Colorado, where she had last been seen.

She was taken into custody by Denver Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force.

The suspect will be booked in a local jail pending extradition to Las Vegas.

The FBI was also reportedly assisting in the search.

Cops said Liam and his mom left San Jose on May 24 in a dark blue Dodge Caliber sedan and were later seen in southern California, NBC News reports.

Lt Ray Spencer, of Las Vegas police, said the back seat of the vehicle was "packed full of belongings."

Just days later, a hiker found Liam's body behind a bush at a trailhead off the main highway between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

It's reported that police were tipped off by a family friend who had not seen Rodriguez or Liam for more than a week.

Cops did not say how the boy died but confirmed Liam's father is not a suspect in the case.

Police believe the mom and her son traveled to the cities of Laguna Beach and Victorville on May 26 but cops are trying to determine where they stayed.

The car was then seen near Grand Junction, Colorado on May 29, according to reports.

Anyone with information can contact the Las Vegas Police Department's homicide tip number on 702-828-3521. The investigation remains ongoing.

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