St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly charged Jason and Elizabeth Quate on Friday with concealment of a homicidal death. Jason Quate also faces child pornography and sex trafficking charges in Clark County, Nevada, Kelly said.
Belleville police found the remains in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 6 after receiving a tip from Jason Quate’s wife. The remains were located tucked in a bin inside a detached garage, on a vacant property in the 7200 block of Russell Avenue.
Elizabeth Quate said she and Jason met in Illinois but had moved to Las Vegas. She accused Jason of abusing her for years and told Las Vegas authorities he forced her into prostitution.
Elizabeth said Jason killed the little girl before they left Illinois and put the child’s body in a bin. In an interview with Las Vegas media, Jason Quate said the child choked to death in 2012 and that his wife hid the body in the garage. He said they did not alert authorities because they were afraid of having their other children taken away from them.
The couple’s other children were with them in Las Vegas and showed signs of abuse. Investigators said they were not allowed to leave the couple’s home and kept from going to school. They were placed into protective custody.
The deceased child has not been identified. Due to the poor condition of the remains, the coroner could not immediately determine a cause of death.
Meanwhile, the St. Clair State's Attorney set bail for Jason and Elizabeth Quate at $750,000 each and will start extradition proceedings immediately as he works with authorities in Nevada. If convicted, the charge of concealment of a homicidal death carries a five year prison sentence.