LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A trial date has been set for a Las Vegas man facing 40 felony charges after his children were reportedly found locked in dog cages last year.

After multiple delays, a jury trial for Travis Doss is set to begin on August 5. Judge Nadia Krall in Clark County Justice Court set aside three weeks to try the case.

On June 11, 2023, Doss’ wife, Amanda Stamper, called Las Vegas police dispatch from a valley pharmacy to report that she was hiding in a stock room because her husband was trying to kill her. A Las Vegas officer was dispatched and found her there, where she told him that there were children locked in a dog kennel at the couple’s apartment.

Officers responded to their residence on the 4200 block of S. Valley View Blvd. to conduct a welfare check and found two children locked in a kennel with a padlock on it. Maintenance provided bolt cutters and the lock was cut to get the children out.

One left immediately and identified himself, but the other could not walk unassisted. An officer observed that the boy had two black eyes that were swollen shut, multiple marks and bruises all over his body, and described him as “emaciated.” Officers supported his weight to help him walk.

The boy asked for his father and said he didn’t want to get him in trouble.

The child said that he was in the kennel because he was in trouble for “being bad by stealing food at night.”

An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and the juvenile was taken to UMC Hospital. LVMPD Abuse/Neglect detectives were notified and responded to the hospital, where a doctor told them that the child was in critical condition. Blood work showed that he was “extremely malnourished.” He was also anemic, needed a blood transfusion, had an “unknown abnormality” in his abdomen and his urine was backing up his kidneys, causing them to swell.

The boy needed surgery and the doctor said the child would have died if he had not been brought to the hospital. The doctor added that he had not seen a victim that severely beaten since his military tour in Afghanistan, where he observed children who had been dipped in hot oil.

A nurse said that it was the worst case of abuse she had seen in 13 years.

Stamper agreed to plead guilty to three counts of child abuse, neglect, or endangerment in exchange for additional charges against her being dropped. On Feb. 22, she was sentenced to a term of 28-72 months in prison for each charge, to be served consecutively.


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