Law enforcement has arrested a mother of nine after they discovered the body of a 5-year-old child in her backyard. The suspect's sisters accused her of serially abusing her children.
On Dec. 18, the FBI and local police arrested 34-year-old Larissa Rodriguez after they uncovered an unidentified body buried within her backyard in Cleveland, Ohio. Authorities believe that the body could be that of Jordan Rodriguez, Larissa's son, Cleveland.com reports.
Christopher Rodriguez, Larissa's husband, is currently in Medina County Jail for failing to pay child support. Christopher's brother had called Cleveland police from Pakistan and reportedly tipped them that the couple had buried Jordan two months prior after they discovered him unresponsive.
Larissa told investigators that Jordan was off on a trip to visit his biological father. She said that he had been escorted off by his aunt on Dec. 2, but did not provide contact information for either.
Investigators noted in their report that the house was highly unsanitary and that they found one of Larissa's children eating a sandwich that contained cockroaches. Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services removed five of the children from the home, citing that they believed they were in immediate danger, according to WEWS.
Ana Rodriguez, the suspect's sister, alleged that the mother of nine had been abusive to Jordan, who had a learning disability and was unable to speak.
"The little boy, just because he would take his diaper off and smear some on the wall, he would get beat for that," Ana told WKYC.
The sister added: "That baby deserves nothing but the best, he's so innocent."
Michelle, Larissa' other sister, said that she had previously notified Child Protective Services and urged them to remove Jordan from the suspect's custody.
"Why didn't they notice that boy wasn't showing up?" Michelle said. "Or the bruises on his forehead, body period?"
"I'm just so hurt and angry," Ana said. "I don't know why they would do this to him."
Larissa has not been charged with a crime. Christopher has been transferred from minimum to maximum security incarceration.
The body investigators found in Larissa's backyard has not been identified. Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia disclosed that the remains were consistent with that of a 5-year-old child. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner will determine the identity of the body.
Children and Family Services had intervened with Larissa's custody of children as early as 1998, according to court records.