Murder suspect Desiree Hayden spoke to authorities, police say | TheUnion.com

Murder suspect Desiree Hayden spoke to authorities, police say

Desiree Hayden

Desiree Hayden, charged with murder in the death of Brian Sharp, gave an interview to Grass Valley police officers while in custody, authorities said.

Hayden, 37, is charged in connection with the Sunday death of Sharp, 44, at his Sutton Way apartment. Police say Hayden and an unnamed man went that afternoon to his apartment. Hayden then began fighting with Sharp and at some point injured one of their children.

Officers said they arrested Hayden late Monday in Reno after finding her hiding in a closet. Held Thursday in the Washoe County Jail, Hayden awaited extradition to Nevada County on charges of murder and child abuse.

"It was a pretty violent struggle," Grass Valley Police Capt. Steve Johnson said of the altercation between Sharp and Hayden. "It's what you think of when you think of fighting."

At some point during the struggle Hayden injured her child, Johnson said.

"It was superficial injuries of a nature you would sustain in a physical struggle with someone," he added.

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The unnamed man wasn't involved in the fight, the captain said.

Authorities performed an autopsy on Sharp, yet declined to name his cause of death pending toxicology tests expected within weeks.

Johnson said no guns or knives were used in the fight, and Sharp's body appears to have no trauma.

Sharp's death is the second homicide this year in Grass Valley. Jatar M. Hendry, 39, of Minneapolis, was found March 13 near the intersection of Apple Avenue and West Olympia Drive. Police said he likely was killed elsewhere and brought to the Glenbrook Basin area.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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