Aurora mother of missing toddler arrested after human remains found in apartment

The two were first reported missing May 30.
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 1:49 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2023 at 12:04 PM MDT
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UPDATE June 1 4:30 p.m.

AURORA, Colo. (KKCO) - Following a roughly 24-hour search for missing 5-year-old Maha Li Hobbs, the child’s mother is being charged with child abuse after human remains were found in her apartment.

27-year-old Alexus was initially arrested and charged with attempting to influence a public servant, but police filed new charges against her after a child’s remains were found in a closet in her Aurora apartment.

Aurora Police Interim Chief Art Acevedo said that there is a high probability Nelson will also be charged with homicide. Acevedo said that he is “highly confident” that the remains belong to her child.


This is an update to a developing story. Previous coverage is below.

UPDATE June 1 12:00 p.m.

AURORA, Colo. (KKCO) - Maha Li Hobbs has been located, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has deactivated the alert.


This is an update to a developing story. Previous coverage is below.

AURORA, Colo. (KKCO) - The Colorado Bureau of Investigation wants you to keep an eye out for a missing girl and her mother from Aurora, Colorado.

Five-year-old Maha Li Hobbs was reported missing yesterday along with her mother and primary caretaker, 27-year-old Alexus Nelson.

The two were last seen in the area of Mississippi and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora, CO.

Nelson is the girl’s primary caretaker, and the CBI asks anyone who has seen them or has information to call 911 or the Aurora Police Department.