Sentencing for mother who pleaded guilty to killing 2-year-old Maliyah Bass rescheduled to later date

HOUSTON – The sentencing for the mother of Maliyah Bass, the 2-year-old whose body was found floating in Brays Bayou in 2020, has been rescheduled to a later date, court officials said.

Sahara Ervin was expected to be sentenced Wednesday. Ervin and her boyfriend, Travion Thompson, were charged with tampering with evidence and injury to a child.

Ervin pleaded guilty in January for her involvement in the case and agreed to serve 20 years in prison if she helped in the case against Thompson.

Maliyah was reported missing on August 22, 2020, when Ervin and Thompson told police that the mother left Maliyah alone for five minutes at the playground at their southwest Houston apartment while she was cooking. The couple told police when they went to get her, she was nowhere to be found and reported that she had been kidnapped. Her body was later found in Brays Bayou, officials said.

According to court documents, the couple beat Maliyah before her death and put her body in a storm drain, where it floated into Brays Bayou. She was later discovered by a jogger in the area, authorities said.

The sentencing was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. It is uncertain what the new date will be.

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