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Body Found In Backyard Of Home Where 5-Year-Old Went Missing, Mom Claims He Had Traveled To Visit His Dad

The mother's sister said she had seen the disabled child bound and gagged with a sock and a friend said she'd seen him "nearly dead" in a closet months before.

After the disappearance of a disabled 5-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio, investigators have discovered the body of what appears to be a child in the backyard of a home. The boy's mother has since been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to Cleveland.com.

Investigations into the disappearance of Jordan Rodriguez, who is mute and developmentally disabled, were launched after the brother of Christopher Rodriguez (the boyfriend of the mother, Larissa Rodriguez) called the police from Pakistan and told officials that Christopher and Larissa had buried Jordan in the backyard after finding him unresponsive.

The details of the tip were shocking even to investigators, who were overheard attempting to confirm that the information was — in fact — coming from Pakistan.

In interviews, Larissa's sister, Ana Rodriguez, stated that Jordan had been abused. Ana said she had seen the child bound and gagged with a sock. A friend said she had seen Jordan "nearly dead" in a closet months before. Ana had reported the incident to social workers.

Larissa was arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder. Christopher was already being held at the Medina County Jail, serving a six-month sentence for failing to pay child support. He has since been transferred from minimum to maximum security. Prior to the transfer he had asked a judge for an early release, saying his wife was pregnant again.

Larissa had told police that Jordan had gone with his aunt to visit his biological father in Houston, Texas. She could not provide a contact for the aunt or the father and had no information on the whereabouts of her child.

Larissa has previously had children removed from her custody, according to County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan.

It took investigators two days and three hours of digging to discover a body. Although it has not been confirmed as Jordan's just yet, evidence suggests the body is a child's. An official cause of death has yet to be determined.

Larissa's house was found to have been in "deplorable" condition, infested with mice and bugs, according to Fox 8

 

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