Mother’s Boyfriend, Children’s Services Provider Charged After 5-Year-Old’s Body Found

CLEVELAND – Prosecutors announced the indictments of a children's services provider and the boyfriend of an Ohio woman whose 5-year-old son's body was found buried in a backyard, according to WJW.

Investigators unearthed the remains of 5-year-old Jordan Rodriguez behind a house on West 80th Street in Cleveland Dec. 19. Court documents said the body showed multiple signs of abuse, including broken ribs.

His mother, 34-year-old Larissa Rodriguez, was charged with murder, felonious assault, endangering children and gross abuse of a corpse. She pleaded not guilty and her bond was set at $1 million. On Wednesday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley announced that her boyfriend, Christopher Rodriguez, has been indicted on the same charges.

Nancy Caraballo a children's services provider with Bright Beginnings, which is funded by Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio, also faces charges after she allegedly bought more than $10,000 in food stamps from Rodriguez.

Caraballo was assigned to the family to make home visitations. O'Malley said she ignored her obligation to report the abuse and neglect because she was receiving the food stamps as a bribe. She allegedly paid 50 cents for each $1 in food stamps.

Caraballo could be sentenced to 50 years in prison. If it's determined that malnutrition played a role in Jordan's death, she would face additional charges, according to O'Malley.

The Cleveland Division of Police began investigating the case after receiving a call from Pakistan. The caller said Larissa Rodriquez and her boyfriend, Christopher Rodriguez, buried the boy in the backyard, according to the police report. Investigators say the caller was Christopher Rodriguez's brother.

Jordan had not been seen alive since September. Prosecutors said he suffered from multiple ailments and his mother failed to get him medical attention.

Larissa Rodriguez has nine children and is pregnant. A Cuyahoga County spokeswoman said child welfare case workers have dealt with Rodriguez since 1999. The complaints range from neglect to physical abuse.

10 comments

  • Think Positive

    Poor little baby. I wish Child Services would get on the ball and take kids OUT of abusive homes PERMANENTLY before this happens, over and over and over and over again………………………..and again. It’s time to do something about this already. Child abuse is now an EPIDEMIC!

  • Cowboy

    Trump is trying to deport SCUM like this living off your tax dollars and doing what they can (try) get away with. That poor child and what he went through.
    You can thank clinton and obama for all the scumbags they let into this country.

    • Think Positive

      According to what I read in the news, child abuse know no race. It’s a problem in mostly every ethnic group in existence!

    • MURICA

      How do you know they were not born in the US? You can’t deport someone who lives here legally and has their entire life. Nowhere in this article does it state that they came from another country. I’m willing to listen if they DID come here as adults. Not to mention the way you’re talking, I hope your family isn’t comprised of immigrants; whether it be from Germany, Poland, Czech, etc., you still came from immigrants, LOL.

  • Rusty Butterknife

    This is the most horrible crime imaginable. Anyone who would do something so heinous to a defenseless, innocent child needs to be taken out. Taken OUT. All three of them. Right out behind the courthouse.

  • mopar driver

    WOw , Child worker involved in taking food from a child and his subsequent death , sick– Oh nice the BF and mother have same name , brother or uncle ? Boy is Cleveland slipping with sicko’s in the last 10 years .

  • laura

    sadly she’s only being charged for the welfare fraud part of it and not because she didn’t do her job and it led to a child’s death. better than nothing but the laws still need work

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