Maliah Bass’s mother sentenced to 20 years for death of 2-year-old

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – More than a year after the death of 2-year-old Maliah Bass, court documents show that her mother pleaded guilty to her involvement in the case.

On Wednesday, Sahara Ervin pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with evidence – a human corpse and injury to a child, according to court records.

As part of the guilty plea, Erwin will also have to help with the case against her boyfriend, Travian Thompson, who has also been charged in connection with Maliah’s death.

On August 22, 2020, an Amber Alert was issued for a child who had not been seen since that morning. At the time of Maliah’s disappearance, Erwin and Thompson told police that they had dropped her off at the playground outside their southwest Houston apartment while they were making breakfast. When they returned, the two told the police that Maliah was gone.

On 23 August, the body of a 2-year-old was spotted by a jogger in the Breuse Bayou.

A medical examiner ruled Maliah’s death to be a homicide and said that she died of “violence of homicide”. Court records indicate that an autopsy found that his forearm was broken and that he had superficial blunt force trauma visible as bruises all over his body. The child is believed to have been thrashed with an extension cord or hanger.

According to the documents, since pleading guilty, Erwin was sentenced to 20 years in prison each, which she would serve side-by-side.

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