Police Say Casino Worker Killed Girl, 10

Family friend also accused of slashing Bellagio co-worker

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 29, 2012 8:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Police suspect that a casino worker killed a 10-year-old girl before going to a Las Vegas resort and allegedly slashing the face of a co-worker with razor blades. The search for young Jade Morris ended yesterday afternoon when officials confirmed that it was her body that was found a day earlier in an undeveloped housing tract. She died of multiple stab wounds. Jade was last seen Dec. 21 with family friend Brenda Stokes Wilson, who picked her up to go Christmas shopping.

Wilson, 50, returned the car she had borrowed for the outing to a friend two hours later, but Jade never came back. Later that night, Wilson was wrestled to the ground with razors in each hand after allegedly slashing the face of a female co-worker at the Bellagio casino. A judge raised her bail to $600,000 yesterday morning after she was identified as the prime suspect in the child's killing. Police didn't release a motive, but Jade's grandfather thinks Wilson was a jilted lover. She had dated the girl's father for years, and the woman she attacked at the casino had apparently struck up a romantic relationship with him.

This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Police Department shows Jade Morris.
This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Police Department shows Jade Morris.   (Uncredited)
This booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas shows 50-year-old Brenda Stokes Wilson.
This booking photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas shows 50-year-old Brenda Stokes Wilson.   (Uncredited)
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