LARGO, Fla. — The mother of Jordan Belliveau, the 2-year-old boy whose reported disappearance gripped the Largo community this past Labor Day weekend, was arrested and charged with his murder hours after police found the boy's body.
- Body found in wooded area near Lake Avenue, McMullen Road
- Charisse Stinson, 21, charged with 1st degree murder
Charisse Stinson, 21, now faces a first degree murder charge in connection with Jordan's death.
Largo Police converged on a wooded area near Lake Avenue and McMullen Road late Tuesday afternoon to investigate what they described at the time as a break in the case.
Shortly after, they made a short announcement confirming they'd found Jordan deceased.
During a news conference Tuesday morning, Major Stephen Slaughter said the department was scouring through surveillance video from businesses along the stretch of East Bay Drive near Lake Avenue.
- Amber Alert issued for 2-year-old last seen in Largo
- Sketch released of man last seen with Amber Alert child
Belliveau was last seen in the area of Lake Avenue and East Bay Drive in Largo on Saturday.
According to police, Stinson told them she and her son were walking from their home Saturday evening when she accepted a ride from a stranger. She claimed that the man, named Antwan, attacked her and beat her unconscious. When she woke up in Largo Central Park, Jordan was gone, she said.
Stinson reported Jordan missing early Sunday morning.
Largo Police said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, St. Petersburg Police, Clearwater Police, Treasure Island Police, Pasco County K-9 Search, Sarasota K-9, and Pinellas Public Works all contributed and provided resources to the investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Spectrum News reporters Saundra Weathers, Fallon Silcox, Dave Jordan, Jorja Roman and Felix Albuerne contributed to this story.