Cleveland woman charged with murder of 5-year-old son

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CLEVELAND-- Charges have been filed in the case of remains buried in a backyard on Cleveland's west side.

Larissa Rodriguez (Photo courtesy: Cleveland police)

Larissa Maria Rodriguez, 34, was charged with murder on Thursday for the death of her son, 5-year-old Jordan Rodriguez. Court documents said he died on Sept. 22.

Additional charges of felonious assault will be presented to a grand jury, the Cleveland Division of Police said.

Earlier this week, Cleveland police were tipped off that a 5-year-old boy was buried behind a home on West 80th Street. Rodriguez, the child's mother, was taken into custody.

On Tuesday, investigators recovered human remains.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has not officially identified the body. According to court documents, the remains showed signs of abuse, including broken ribs.

Rodriguez, who is pregnant, has nine children. A Cuyahoga County spokeswoman told FOX 8 child welfare case workers have dealt with Rodriquez since 1999. The complaints range from neglect to physical abuse.

A vigil for the deceased is planned for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in front of the home.

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