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Girl, 10, last seen with woman accused of slashing Las Vegas casino dealer's face

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An undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Police Department shows Jade Morris, 10.

LAS VEGAS -- Police issued a new plea for information Thursday about a 10-year-old girl last seen with a card dealer just hours before the woman was accused of slashing a co-worker's face with razor blades at a Las Vegas Strip casino.


Police said Brenda Stokes told them she visited her doctor last week, seeking to be admitted to a hospital because she was "feeling like she wanted to hurt someone." She is reported to have told investigators she hadn't taken her prescription anti-anxiety drug Friday, and that "Sometimes people just snap." 

A missing persons alert was issued late Tuesday about Jade Morris, 10, who officials say was last seen by her family about 5 p.m. last Friday with Stokes, 50, who also uses the name Brenda Wilson.

Police said Stokes was a friend of the girl's father and was supposed to have taken the girl Christmas shopping at an outlet mall off Interstate 15 near downtown Las Vegas.


Capt. Chris Jones, a supervisor in the Police Department's robbery-homicide division, said Stokes borrowed a red 2007 Saab sedan from another friend for the shopping trip but returned it.

A short time later, Stokes was arrested at the Bellagio casino, after being accused of attacking a female co-worker, Joyce Rhone, as the woman dealt blackjack.

Stokes is accused of wielding a razor blade in each hand as she attacked Rhone, who was hospitalized with deep cuts on her face, including one from her ear to the edge of her mouth. A police arrest report said Rhone, 44, also had several smaller cuts around her right eye.

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Jade Morris' father interrupted an initial court appearance for Stokes, shouting, " “You said you love me? Where's my baby at?" NBC station KSNV of Las Vegas reported.

Records show that Stokes was being held Thursday on $60,000 bail at the Clark County jail on felony battery with a weapon, burglary and mayhem charges that could get her decades in prison.

She told a judge Wednesday that she had not obtained a lawyer. She is due again in Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday.

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Brenda Stokes, 50, is shown in a booking photo.

The arrest report says casino video shows Stokes attacking Rhone before a casino patron and security officers intervene. Officer Marcus Martin said the video is evidence that may be shown by prosecutors in court but will not be made public by police.

Police said Stokes later told investigators that she attacked Rhone over harassing phone calls and an unspecified betrayal that ended their seven-year friendship.

Tejuana Reeves, Jade’s mother, told KSNV that she wanted to jump up and shake Stokes in the courtroom because she wouldn't say where the child was.

"From mother to mother, that feels so wrong," Reeves said. "I feel so betrayed because we trusted her with our child.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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