TODDLER DEATH RIDDLE Mum charged with murder of son, 2, days after she claimed he was kidnapped by a stranger who offered them a lift

The body of the two-year-old was found in a wooded area of Largo, Florida five days after his mother claimed he was kidnapped

06 September 2018 - 08:26

A MUM has been charged with the first-degree murder of her two-year-old son - days after she claimed he had been kidnapped by a stranger who offered them a lift.

The body of Jordan Belliveau was found in a wooded area just days after his mother Charisse Stinson reported him missing in Largo, Florida.

Stinson, 21, had told police she and her son had taken a lift with a man named 'Antwan' on Saturday night, September 1, and claimed she got into the car because she felt her son was "too heavy" to carry home.

However, she said, there was an altercation in the car and Antwan struck her in the face and when she woke up on Sunday morning in Largo Central Park, she couldn't find her son and reported him missing to police.

On September 4, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement tweeted: "The Amber Alert for Jordan Belliveau has been cancelled. Sadly, the child has been found deceased."

Following the discovery of his body, Stinson was arrested and charged with first degree murder - but police have not revealed how the tot was killed or what evidence led to her arrest, according to ABC.

 
 Family members appeared distressed at the scene where Jordan's body was found
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Family members appeared distressed at the scene where Jordan's body was found
 Items are strewn about outside the Enclave on East Apartments where police say they found evidence related to the death of two-year-old Jordan 
 
Items are strewn about outside the Enclave on East Apartments where police say they found evidence related to the death of two-year-old Jordan 
 A memorial for Jordan, who was found dead in the woods on Tuesday
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A memorial for Jordan, who was found dead in the woods on Tuesday

After the child's body was discovered, family members were seen crying and comforting each other at the scene.

At a press conference, Largo Police Chief Jeff Undestad said: "As you can imagine this is an extremely emotional and difficult time for us. With a heavy heart, I'm here to let you all know Jordan Belliveau was found deceased late this afternoon in the area of Lake Avenue and McMullan Road."

He continued: "As a result of this team's efforts, I'm proud to announce the arrest of Charisse Stinson for the charge of first degree murder in the death of her son."

According to ABC, police said they had recovered "bloody items" from the apartment where the mother lived with Jordan on Monday but did not say how it was connected to the boy's disappearance.

 

 The police mugshot of the man Charisse claimed she and son Jordan had taken a lift with the night the tot went missing
Largo police
The police mugshot of the man Charisse claimed she and son Jordan had taken a lift with the night the tot went missing

The 22-year-old father of the young boy, also called Jordan Belliveau, told the Tampa Bay Times he was staying at a hotel celebrating his birthday when his mother called early on Sunday morning to tell him the police had come to the house to inquire about his missing child.

Belliveau told the paper he "was confused and high", so he went back to sleep and said he started driving around searching for his son the next day.

In text messages he shared with the paper believed to be between him and Stinson, he said: "Just tell me where he is."

In a response he claims is from Stinson, she reportedly said: "I do not know if I knew where my baby was we would not be going through this."

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