Las Vegas, Nevada: Yesterday, Monday, February 28, Brandon Toseland made an appearance in court where he was charged with additional charges related to the death of his girlfriend's four-year-old son, Mason Dominguez.
During that hearing, the prosecution informed the court that they may submit evidence to a grand jury as well. At that time, still more charges could potentially be filed against Toseland.
Toseland, 35, has now been charged with child abuse or neglect and child abuse or neglect resulting in substantial bodily harm in addition to the initial two counts of kidnapping and single charge of murder.
The jail records for Toseland have not yet been updated to reflect the additional charges.
He remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center without bond and is due back fin court on April 7, 2022 for a preliminary hearing.
Scott Coffey, Toseland's public defender, has announced that he wishes to obtain a mental health evaluation of his client.
While indicating that his client seemed to have a full understanding of the charges against him and expressed an intention to plead not guilty, Coffey said that the nature of the allegations invited a competency review.
"There's certainly the specter of mental health concerns with this," Coffey was quoted as saying by the Las Vegas Review Journal. "The whole case is strange."
Attorney Stephen Stubbs, speaking on behalf of the mother, expressed her wish to not be named publicly, due in part to her allegations of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse at the hands of Toseland.
In an emailed statement that Stubbs sent to several outlets, he explained that "the mother and daughter victims are grateful that their captivity is over. They are traumatized by these horrifying events, and overwhelmed with grief for the moss of their 4 year old son and brother."
Stubbs explained that the woman had been married but that in January 2021, her husband, 29, died of an unspecified respiratory illness after repeatedly testing negative for COVID and being diagnosed with pneumonia.
In March 2021, the woman and her two children moved in with Toseland who was described as an :acquaintance" of her husband.
"For the majority of the time, the mother was handcuffed, bound and/or locked up," Stubbs said.
When police initiated the traffic stop on Toseland back on February 22 after he and the woman were observed entering the vehicle, officers located handcuffs in the vehicle.
"Mr. Toseland's house was fortified with locks, window alarms, motion sensors, video cameras, gates, keyhole entrances to every room- needed a key to go in or out- and the windows were covered," Stubbs went on to say. "Mr. Toseland took over the victim mother's social media, car keys, and phone, contacted her work via text message to quit her job in December 2021."
It was December 11, 2021 when Mason fell ill. According to the mother's statements, she had wanted to seek medical care for her son, but Toseland had denied her the ability.
The mother alleged that instead, Toseland took the boy into a bedroom and barricaded the room, denying her access for "a considerable amount of time."
Eventually Toseland told the mother that Mason had died and allegedly told her that he could not let her see him "because his freedom would be taken away." He reportedly told her that he had found Mason covered in vomit and not breathing and that he had unsuccessfully attempted CPR.
While processing the residence, homicide investigators located an 8 foot hole in the backyard which they believe to be where Toseland intended to bury Mason. Some of the dirt from that hole had been stored inside of a U-Haul truck which had been parked in the driveway of the residence for some time.