Documents reveal info about death of 5-year-old

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- As Reno Police Department investigators try to piece together how a malnourished 5-year-old girl died in Reno, court documents contain troubling details:


  • Investigators found an animal crate in a Reno apartment bathroom of Tyler and Averyauna Anderson with handcuffs attached to it. Next to it was a backpack with girl’s clothing inside, including a hat with the name Cali on it, the name of the deceased girl. There was old food next to the crate. Police found no evidence of a pet in the home.

  • Neighbors told police they only knew about two of the three children who lived with Tyler and Averyauna Anderson, both boys.

  • Averyauna Anderson said Cali was not her child. Cali lost weight and appeared to be in declining health, but Averyauna Anderson said she did not seek medical help because Cali was her husband’s daughter and it was his responsibility to take care of her. Averyauna Anderson said Tyler Anderson made the decisions about what to do with Cali.

  • When Cali seemed unresponsive on May 4, Averyauna Anderson said they tried for about three hours to revive her, including giving her cardio pulmonary resuscitation and putting her in cold water. When that failed, they put her body into a duffel bag and put her in the closet for about seven days.

  • After Cali died, Tyler Anderson researched on the Internet how to dispose of a body.

  • On May 10, the couple rented a U-Haul van and put the duffel bag with the body into a plastic drum and took it to the Sacramento storage unit.