Sophia Simmons is an alleged killer from Arizona who has been charged with the murder of her five year old daughter
According to police reports Sophia Simmons allegedly called a friend and told them that she had beaten her daughter and then she left the house. When Sophia returned the little girl was unresponsive. Instead of calling for help Simmons would leave the little girls body and five days later would throw it into a trash bin
When police went to Sophia Simmons home they would find that someone had attempted to cover up the crime scene. An autopsy would reveal both new and old injuries to the little girl
Sophia Simmons has been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, and abandonment/concealment of a dead body.
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An Arizona woman is accused of killing her daughter and dumping her body in a large trash can on Christmas Eve.
Sophia Simmons, 38, is facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder, child abuse and tampering with physical evidence, according to Phoenix police.
Phoenix police were called to the area around 8 p.m. on Dec. 24 after a man looking for firewood inside a dumpster found the body of a small child between the ages of five and seven stuffed inside a plastic storage tote, according to a probable cause statement obtained by PEOPLE.
The child had multiple injuries on her legs, arms and torso.
“Some of the injuries appeared to be open wounds and others were in multiple stages of healing and there were scars from previous injuries on her limbs and torso,” the document states.
The following day, police received a call from a tipster in New York who alleged they received a call from Simmons who allegedly “told the person that she had beaten her child and it went too far.”
Simmons allegedly told the tipster that after the beating she left her home and when she returned her daughter was not breathing, according to the statement. She allegedly told the tipster she tried CPR but she couldn’t revive her.
“Sophia then remained with the victim for the next five days before taking the victim to a dumpster and placing the victim in a dumpster,” according to the statement.
Phoenix officers reported surveilling Simmons’ townhouse and “it appeared that someone had been attempting to clean the townhouse,” the document states.
Police served a search warrant and discovered the home “appeared to have been emptied of its contents, the couches were in the patio and the cushions were missing.”
Simmons was later detained in Tonopah, Ariz. She is being held on a $1 million bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 2. It’s unclear if she has retained an attorney.
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Phoenix police say a woman is accused of killing her daughter and putting the body in a dumpster on Christmas Eve.
At around 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 24, officers responded to the area of 31st and Grand avenues regarding a body that was found in a dumpster near a business. Officers determined the body was that of a “school-aged” girl.
A tip was received on Monday that 38-year-old Sophia Simmons placed the child’s body in a dumpster and that the child may have died from injuries during an assault by the suspect.
According to court documents, a witness was looking through a dumpster for firewood when they saw a storage tote with the lid partially opened. When the witness looked inside they reportedly saw a child’s body.
The witness alerted a nearby security guard who helped call the police. When Phoenix police officers and an official with the Medical Examiner’s Office arrived at the scene, they located the body of a girl believed to be between 5 and 7 years old.
The girl’s body appeared to have injuries to the legs, arms and torso, according to court documents. It also appeared to investigators that some of the wounds were in multiple stages of healing and there were scars from previous injuries.
On December 25, a witness in New York reported to police that they received a phone call from Simmons who claimed she had “beaten her child and it went too far.” The witness claims Simmons told her she left the house after beating the victim and when she returned the victim was not breathing.
According to the police report, Sophia Simmons remained with the victim’s body for the next five days before taking it to a dumpster where it was later found on December 24.
Detectives secured a search warrant for Sophia Simmons’ home near 51st Avenue and McDowell Road and found evidence of someone trying to clean a crime scene. At that time, Simmons was not home.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for Simmons’ phone records and learned her device was near Indio, California, and was headed back toward Arizona. Records state she was later stopped outside of Phoenix, near 411th Avenue and Interstate 10, and was taken to Phoenix Police Headquarters.
A review of her phone records showed Simmons’ device was in the area of the dumpster where the victim was found at around 10:30 a.m. on December 24.
She was booked into jail on multiple charges including first-degree murder, child abuse, and tampering with evidence.
According to an attorney during the initial court appearance, Simmons was involved in a prior case in another state involving a child, though details of that investigation were not immediately known.
The investigation is ongoing