Mother confessed to strangling 7-year-old son, prosecutor tells court

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Samantha Moreno-Rodriguez made her first appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday morning after being extradited from Colorado and she was denied bail.

Moreno-Rodriguez, 35, who appeared via video conference in Las Vegas Justice Court, is accused of killing and dumping the body of her 7-year-old son Liam Husted.

Liam Husted’s body was discovered by a hiker off State Route 160 near Mountain Springs on May 28, 2021.

She only spoke in court to confirm her identity.

A state prosecutor told the court that Moreno-Rodriguez confessed to the killing and said she strangled her autistic son and left him naked.

Samantha Moreno-Rodriguez (Photo credit: LVMPD)

Liam Husted’s body was discovered by hikers near Mountain Springs off State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump on May 28.

Moreno-Rodriguez arrived in Las Vegas early Monday morning and is being held at the Clark County Detention Center. She was arrested at a hotel in Denver on June 8 and waived extradition.

Samantha Moreno-Rodriguez appears via video conference in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Her next court date is set for Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.

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