More than three decades after a 3-year-old boy disappeared in Nevada, his mother has been arrested and charged with his murder.
Amy Elizabeth Fleming, 60, is being extradited to Nevada to face charges of murder of her young son, Francillon Pierre, after being arrested late last month in Florida, where she has been residing, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The arrest may finally end the 32-year mystery that surrounded the young boy’s disappearance.
Fleming told authorities in 1986 that her son, known as Yo-Yo, disappeared on Aug. 2 when she was at the Broad Acres Swap Meet In Las Vegas with her fiancé Lee Luster. The boy had just “simply slipped away from them,” she said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
At the time, she suggested he may have been taken by his father, a wealthy Haitian landowner. Investigators later ruled Jean Pierre out as a suspect after traveling to his home in Haiti and not finding the boy there. He also flew to Nevada and took a lie detector test, according to the Palm Beach Post.
At the time of the disappearance, Fleming and Luster were awaiting trial on child abuse charges after a babysitter had reported that the child may be abused at home. Police reports said Pierre had 30 to 40 large welts on his back and neck at the time of the couple’s arrest, the Review-Journal reports.
They would later receive five years probation for the child abuse charges in a plea deal, but investigators were still not able to determine the boy’s whereabouts.
In 1998, a child’s skull was found near Lake Mead, an area Luster had told police he had taken the boy for a camping trip just days before the reported disappearance but it was later determined the remains did not belong to Pierre.
Luster reportedly told investigators at the time he hadn’t killed “the little bastard” but if he did, he would have cut him up, the Review-Journal reported.
North Las Vegas Police plan to hold a press conference Monday to provide more information about what finally led them to the arrest, KVSN reports.
North Las Vegas Officer Eric Leavitt told the station investigators had taken a new look at the case in recent months.
“We can’t give out everything until it hits the courts, but more of what happened will become clear at the news conference,” he said.
[Photos: Palm Beach County Jail; National Center For Missing & Exploited Children]
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