CLEVELAND, Ohio — Charges have been filed in the case of remains buried in a backyard on Cleveland’s west side.
Larissa Maria Rodriguez, 34, was charged with murder on Thursday for the death of her son, 5-year-old Jordan Rodriguez. Court documents said he died on September 22.
The child’s mother, Rodriguez, was taken into custody. Earlier this week, the Cleveland Division of Police found that a 5-year-old boy was buried behind a home on West 80th Street.
Authorities recovered human remains on Tuesday.
The body has not officially been identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. According to court documents, there were signs of a physical abuse, including broken ribs.
Rodriguez, who is pregnant, has nine children. A Cuyahoga County spokeswoman told child welfare caseworkers have dealt with Rodriquez since 1999. The complaints range from neglect to physical abuse.
A vigil for the deceased is planned for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in front of the home.