Woman, 60, charged with murdering her three-year-old son who went missing in Nevada more than three decades ago

60-year-old Amy Elizabeth Fleming was charged and booked into jail for the murder of Francillon Pierre, who went missing in Las Vegas in 1986.


                            Woman, 60, charged with murdering her three-year-old son who went missing in Nevada more than three decades ago

A Florida woman was arrested and charged for allegedly killing her toddler son more than three decades ago. Sixty-year-old Amy Elizabeth Fleming, of Dania Beach in Broward County, is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail for the murder of three-year-old Francillon Pierre 33 years ago in 1986.

According to The Charley Project, a database which aggregates news and police reports on missing children, Francillon was last seen at the Broad Acres Swap Meet in North Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 2, 1986.

The son from her relationship with former boyfriend Jean Pierre, the three-year-old was living with Fleming, known as Amy Luster at the time, and stepfather Lee Luster at the time of his disappearance.

A progression photo of Francillon, who was three-years-old when he went missing in 1986 (Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
A progression photo of Francillon, who was three-years-old when he went missing in 1986 (Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

When questioned, Amy and Lee told detectives they had taken the toddler to the swap meet and lost track of him there. They even apparently asked authorities to not publicize his disappearance or distribute his photographs because "they didn't want the media to sensationalize it."

They also suggested Francillon's biological father, Pierre, had been somehow involved in the three-year-old's disappearance. Police tracked him down to Haiti two and a half months later and searched his apartment but found no trace of the child. Pierre then traveled to Nevada to take a lie detector test and passed and was ruled out as a suspect in the case.

The Daily Mail reported that, at the time of Francillon's disappearance, the Lusters were awaiting trial on a year-old child abuse case involving the toddler — they had allegedly beaten him so bad, that they had caused around 30 to 40 welts to form on his body.

Fleming is set to make her second appearance in court on Feb 11 (Source: Palm Beach County Jail)
Fleming is set to make her second appearance in court on Feb 11 (Source: Palm Beach County Jail)

Nonetheless, a year after his disappearance, both Fleming and Luster moved to Florida. They told authorities their reason for doing so was because they still believed Pierre had taken their son to Haiti and wanted to go to Florida because they would be closer to him. Because they had no formal charges against them at the time, the Nevada Department of Probation and Parole gave them a 30-day travel pass to find work in Orlando and return to Nevada if they failed.

Both were still considered suspects in Francillon's disappearance but would escape action until December 2018, when a warrant was issued for Fleming's arrest. A month later, on January 29, she was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of murdering her son.

While it is unclear what prompted the police to arrest Fleming 33 years later, the North Las Vegas police said detectives had been working on the case for at least a year and found enough to merit the arrest.

Police told local TV station KSNV on Saturday that they plan a Monday afternoon news conference to release some more detail. 

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the 60-year-old had her first court appearance on Feb 1 and agreed to not fight extradition to Nevada, She is scheduled to make her second appearance in court on Monday, February 11. 

It is not known if police have apprehended Luster.