Mother, boyfriend sentenced for death of 5-year-old boy found in backyard

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CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland woman and her boyfriend pleaded guilty in the murder of a 5-year-old boy.

Larissa Rodriguez

Investigators found the remains of Jordan Rodriguez, who was nonverbal and had numerous health issues, behind a house on West 80th Street in Cleveland on Dec. 19.

On Thursday, his mother, 34-year-old Larissa Rodriguez, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder. Her boyfriend, 36-year-old Christopher Rodriguez, was sentenced to 28 years.

Prosecutors said Jordan showed signs of abuse, weighing just 15 pounds with several broken bones. His body was placed in a bag with mothballs before it was buried.

Christopher Rodriguez's brother led authorities to the body. Prosecutors said the brother, while serving in the military and stationed in Pakistan, called police to report the child had died.

In April, Larissa Rodriguez pleaded guilty to trafficking in food stamps, telecommunications fraud, grand theft and money laundering, and was sentenced to six years in prison. Prosecutors said she sold $10,000 worth of food stamps to a family social services workers from Catholic Charities.

Larissa Rodriguez gave birth to her 10th child in May. The baby girl was placed in foster care.

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