Man Charged in Murder of 9-Year-Old Trinity Love Jones Was Dating Jones’ Mother, According to Police

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Prosecutors in Los Angeles have charged 38-year-old Emiel Hunt with the murder Trinity Love Jones, the 9-year-old girl whose remains were found in a duffel bag near a horse trail in Hacienda Heights, Calif.


Hunt briefly appeared in a Pomona courtroom Tuesday, according to CBS Los Angeles. He remains behind bars with a bail set at $2 million until his arraignment, which has been scheduled for April 16.

Hunt, who has a previous child abuse conviction from 2005, had been romantically involved with Jones’ mother since December of 2017, according to their Facebook relationship status. He was found sleeping in his car near San Diego International Airport Saturday. Hunt now faces a sentence of 50 years to life in state prison if convicted.

Love’s mother, Taquesta Graham, was also detained by authorities, though she did not appear in court. Still, relatives told KTLA that Graham was still being held on her own separate bond of $2 million, though an inmate record search failed to yield any names matching hers. A registered sex offender, Graham was convicted of enticing a minor female for prostitution in 2009, according to Megan’s Law.

County workers found Jones’ body last week at the bottom of an embankment a stone’s throw from a popular trail. After police sought public assistance to identify the then-unknown girl, an “overwhelming response from the news media and tips recovered from the public” helped the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department identify Hunt.

With Graham and Hunt behind bars, Jones’ family is ready for answers.

“It’s more than just the mother and the boyfriend. We have to get to the bottom of it,” one family member told KTLA. “We need justice. We need to figure it out. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this to no one. Everybody deserves an answer.”

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God rest her sweet soul.

My first thought was about how we must be careful about who we let have access to our children. After my first marriage ended, I dated. Guys knew I had a kid, but that’s it. My daughter has met exactly ONE man in my life since her father and I split: her current stepdad, and not until I was all but certain we would end up married.

BUT THEN there’s the mother’s own record and alleged role in this horrible tragedy. I can’t help but think there’s some truth to this allegation because we’ve heard from the girl’s dad. This sweet child was identified because authorities put her picture on the news. If your child is missing, police should have pictures and a comb or toothbrush to help find that child. Did she alert police? We’re missing a lot because of the limited details currently available, but I have the sick feeling that the truly mom belongs under the jail.