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Brandon Toseland update: How a Christmas stocking was hung up for boy, 4, to hide fact that his body was in freezer


FOUR Christmas stockings were hung as a “cover” while a preschooler’s body was in a garage freezer, grieving family members said.

Police found four-year-old Mason Dominguez’s body in a trash bag covered by cardboard and food, the report said.

Brandon Toseland was charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with four-year-old Mason Dominguez’s death
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Mason was a ‘fun-loving’ four-year-old
The preschooler was found in a freezer in a suburban Las Vegas home

The mother’s boyfriend Brandon Toseland was arrested and charged with murder and two counts of kidnapping.

Toseland “raised immediate red flags” with the the mother’s family after she introduced him as her boyfriend following the death of her husband and father of her two kids.

Her late husband Elijah Dominguez died from health complications in January 2021.

His younger sister Marina Espinoza told The Sun that there were holiday celebration pictures posted on Facebook after December 11, which was the last time Mason’s mom told police she saw him alive.

“Christmas stockings were hung up as if he was still alive and he wasn’t,” she said.

Espinoza said she wishes the boy’s mother would have called for help sooner, but Mason’s mom’s lawyer Stephen Stubbs told The Sun that was impossible.

“She was in handcuffs, the house was full of motion detectors, cameras and the windows were covered,” he said. “Every door was locked, and she didn’t have any keys.”

Toseland prevented her from asking questions about Mason or seeing him while he was sick, police said in their report obtained by The Sun through an open records request

Toseland repeated the phrase, “He would lose his freedom,” whenever Mason’s mom asked about her son, according to the police report.

He allegedly controlled all her movements within their Las Vegas home and cuffed her when they went outside, according to the police report.

Toseland allegedly prevented her from leaving or entering certain rooms and bound her to furniture her at times, the police report said.

The report and Stubbs’ account supports with what Mason’s grandma told The Sun Wednesday when she described Toseland as “controlling” and “jealous.”


When Mason became ill on December 11, Toseland allegedly locked him in the master bedroom and “barricaded the door,” the report says.

“In the following days, she was given back access to the master bedroom, and she noticed a suitcase was missing,” police wrote in theird report.

“Brandon then continued to hold (his girlfriend, whose name is redacted) in his custody, at times bounding/tying her, preventing her movement.”

He allegedly restricted her from entering the garage and took her cellphone and handcuffed her to the car whenever they left their house, the report said.

The claim was “substantiated” after police closed in on their Las Vegas home Tuesday evening after the mother’s older daughter passed a note to her elementary school teacher.

Police said handcuffs were found in Toseland’s car when detectives stopped them.

The boy’s mother was in the front passenger seat, according to the report.

No charges have been filed against the mother, as of Thursday, but police won’t say either way if she’s considered a suspect.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mason’s family penned a heartfelt tribute on GoFundMe to raise money to buy a burial plot next to his father, who died from health issues in January 2021
There were ‘immediate red flags’ about Toseland, his girlfriend’s family told The Sun

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