No charges filed yet against mother in custody after child's remains found in Cleveland

Jordan, 5, is believed to have been buried in a back yard on Cleveland's west side. (Source: Angel Alvarez)
Jordan, 5, is believed to have been buried in a back yard on Cleveland's west side. (Source: Angel Alvarez)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A death investigation is still ongoing after human remains were found in a woman's backyard in Cleveland. The woman's family suspects the remains are from her 5-year-old son Jordan.

Larissa Rodriguez, a mother of nine, remained behind bars Wednesday morning. She was not in court Wednesday morning and has not been formally charged with Jordan's death, but is still in police custody while the death investigation continues.

This all began when police received a tip call from Pakistan.

The caller, Scott Rodriguez, told officers that his brother, Christopher Rodriguez, informed him several weeks ago that he and his girlfriend, Larissa Maria Rodriguez buried her 5-year-old son Jordan in the backyard after finding him unresponsive.

Police went to the home Monday.

The home was found in "deplorable and unsanitary condition," according to documents by Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services.

On December 18, 2017, the home in which the children reside was observed in a deplorable and unsanitary condition. The home was dirty with an infestation of cockroaches and rats. One child was observed eating a sandwhich that contained cockroaches.

Police returned to the home Tuesday to conduct more searching. Cleveland police, the FBI, and cadaver dogs discovered the remains buried in the backyard of the West 80th home.

Listen to Cleveland police call that led officers to human remains

"The Medical Examiner will be taking those remains to their office for further examination," said Cleveland Police Department's public information officer Jennifer Ciaccia.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not officially identified the boy, but the family told Cleveland 19 that body is believed to be Jordan's.

Police say the missing boy's mother originally said he was in Texas with his father.

The medical examiner is still working to officially identify the boy and the cause of death.

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