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Las Vegas man arrested, accused of killing daughter in Illinois, holding wife captive

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Jason Quate, 34, is charged with sex trafficking of an adult  and accepting/receiving earnings of a prostitute. Credit: Las Vegas PD Jason Quate, 34, is charged with sex trafficking of an adult and accepting/receiving earnings of a prostitute. Credit: Las Vegas PD
An investigation is underway after a child's body was found in a detached garage in Centreville. (Credit: KMOV) An investigation is underway after a child's body was found in a detached garage in Centreville. (Credit: KMOV)

CENTREVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A man was arrested Tuesday after a woman called police from Las Vegas saying a girl's body was in a garage in Illinois.

St. Clair County officials said they received a phone call from a woman in Las Vegas telling them they would find her child’s body at a house. Officials in Centreville then said they received a call around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday reporting the remains were found in a detached garage in the 7200 block of Russell.

The woman who called police said she was being held captive by her husband and that he had been sex trafficking her for two years. She escaped Monday night. She also told investigators her husband had been sexually abusing their two teenage daughters.Police said the two children were taken into protective custody and exhibited signs of abuse and neglect.

"She stated that her husband was extremely abusive and had forced her to go out to solicit herself for prostitution and also was physically abusive to the children. She also gave us some very disturbing details that she wasn't allowed to communicate with the children, she was forced to stay in a bedroom, the children could not speak with her and also the children were never allowed to leave the house," said Las Vegas Police Department Lt. Raymond Spencer. 

The woman told police their third daughter, 6, was dead in a bin in Illinois. She also told authorities the family moved to Las Vegas two years ago but had previously lived in Illinois.

"From speaking with her, though, she stated that they met in Illinois several years back and had three children," said Lt. Spencer. "She told us during the course of the interview that during a physical altercation one of the other children had died as a result of her husband."

The husband, 34-year-old Jason Quate, was arrested and has been charged with sex trafficking of an adult and accepting or receiving earnings of a prostitute.

Belleville police said the child was reportedly killed in 2013. Police also said they believe the child was killed in Belleville before the body was dumped in the garage in Centreville.

The house where the body was found has been vacant for some time.

The cause of the child’s death is under investigation.

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