CLEVELAND, OH — The body found in the backyard of a Cleveland has been identified as missing developmentally disabled boy Jordan Rodriguez, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office.
The body was uncovered on Tuesday and found in bags. According to Office spokesman Christopher Harris, the body had not been dismembered.
Police say Jordan, who had special needs and was unable to speak, died on September 22.
Investigators say the body showed injuries that included broken ribs, and stated that the cause of death is still being investigated.
Prosecutors have alleged that Rodriguez died because his mother, 34-year-old Larissa Rodriguez, failed to seek medical treatment.
Acting on a tip that Rodriguez and her boyfriend buried the child in the yard, police arrested her and charged her with murder in connection with the death of her son. She is being held on a $1 million bond.
Rodriguez, a mother of nine, has had 13 neglect or abuse investigations opened on her by social workers since 1999, a Cuyahoga County spokeswoman told Cleveland.com.
Four children have been removed from the home and have reportedly been placed in foster care. When investigators arrived at the home, they found it dirty and infested with cockroaches and rats.
The boyfriend is currently jailed for failing to pay child support, and has reportedly been transferred to a maximum security cell.
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Main photo: Larissa Rodriguez [Cleveland Police Department]