Woman busted for drugs, child endangerment lost her child to murder in 2015

Shiloh Hunter Weaver, left, and Marielle Navalta
Shiloh Hunter Weaver, left, and Marielle Navalta(Lyon County sheriff's Office/Washoe County jail)
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 3:30 PM PDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 4:02 PM PDT
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - JUNE 9 UPDATE: A child killed by a Fernley man in 2015 is reportedly linked to a woman arrested in west Sparks in April on drug and child endangerment charges.

KOLO 8 News Now confirmed Thursday that Marielle Navalta, 25, arrested on April 25, has the same name and date of birth as the mother of the 2-year-old child killed in Fernley in May 2015.

Shiloh Hunter Weaver pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of the child and was sentenced to life in prison with parole after 10 years. Weaver, 26, is at High Desert State Prison in Clark County.

Navalta said she left the child alone at home with Weaver, her boyfriend, on May 22, 2015, and the child was fine. She returned home to find paramedics and law enforcement at her home and her child not responsive.

The child was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center and doctors operated for brain trauma. The child never recovered and died on May 29, 2015.

The Regional Narcotics Unit said Navalta was in a vehicle with Jason Hertel that was stopped in west Sparks on April 25, 2022. Hertel had a loaded gun, 6.1 ounces of fentanyl, 2 ounces of methamphetamine and what RNU said were a large number of Xanax pills, the RNU said.

There was also a 2-year-old child in the car, who was removed, RNU said. The child’s relationship to Navalta and Hertel was not defined, but both face child endangerment charges.

RNU said there was also evidence of fentanyl use.

ORGINAL STORY: The Regional Narcotics Unit arrested two Sparks people on April 26 on drug and child endangerment charges.

Authorities stopped Jason Hertel and Marielle Navalta, both 25, in a vehicle near Sullivan Lane and Byrd Drive in west Sparks, RNU said Wednesday.

Hertel had a loaded gun, 6.1 ounces of fentanyl, 2 ounces of methamphetamine and what RNU said were a large number of Xanax pills.

There was also a 2-year-old child present who was removed. RNU said there was also evidence the two used fentanyl.

Hertel was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sales, high-level possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription. Navalta was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Both were charged with child endangerment.

The Sparks Police Department and its police dog unit also helped.

RNU is comprised of detectives from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sherriff’s Office, University of Nevada Police Department, Nevada Counterdrug Program and Homeland Security Investigations.

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Jason Hertel, left, and Marielle Navalta.
Jason Hertel, left, and Marielle Navalta.(Washoe County Jail)