September 21, 2015- At approximately 4:12 p.m. on August 3, 2015 LVMPD patrol officers were dispatched to an apartment complex located in the 4600 block of North Rainbow Boulevard to investigate a report of a child found unresponsive in the community hot tub. The child was transported to Mountain View Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The investigation initiated by the LVMPD Abuse/Neglect Detail indicated the 2-year old child had been near the swimming pool with his mother, later identified as 34-year old Vanessa Loftis, but had left the pool and gone to the hot tub area with several other children. The other children in the hot tub stepped out and the victim fell into the deeper portion of the tub where he struggled for several minutes before he stopped moving. The victim was discovered by his mother over 15 minutes later and emergency medical services were requested.
A warrant was issued for Loftis in September, 2015 and she surrendered herself to the Clark County Detention Center on September 17, 2015. Vanessa Loftis faces one count of Child Abuse/Neglect with Substantial Bodily Harm. Her booking photo accompanies this release.
Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Abuse/Neglect Detail at 702-828-3364. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.