Missing two-year-old's mother who allegedly lied about his abduction, confesses to beating him to death and dumping his body
21-year-old Charisse Stinson had been arrested during a press conference on September 4 after her 'missing' son's body was found in the woods
A mother from Florida who had reported that her two-year-old son was missing on September 2 morning has been formally charged with first-degree murder after authorities discovered his beaten body in the woods behind a sports complex in Largo. The officers announced that 21-year-old Charisse Stinson had been arrested during a press conference late on September 4 night. In the affidavit that was released by the police, detectives with the Largo Police Department alleged that Stinson had confessed to beating her son Jordan Belliveau.
An Amber Alert had been issued for the toddler on September 2. Stinson had told the police earlier that her son had been kidnapped on the night of September 1 by a man who had offered the mother and son a ride back home.
PEOPLE reported that the woman described the stranger to a police sketch artist and detectives. She then allegedly told the police that the stranger had identified himself as "Antwan" and she also said that the man had knocked her unconscious with a punch once she and her son got into his car.
Tonight, Charisse Stinson was arrested for First Degree Murder in the death of her son Jordan Belliveau. More details will be forthcoming. Our thanks to FDLE, our partner LE agencies, Largo Public Works, and the citizens of Largo who assisted. pic.twitter.com/UI3w1YyOYq— Largo Police (@LargoPD) September 5, 2018
Stinson then allegedly told the authorities that she had woken up the following morning in the woods in Largo Central Park with no sign of her son. It was revealed by investigators in the press conference on September 4, however, that the man she had described to the detectives and the sketch artist does not actually exist.
The affidavit states that Stinson had confessed to being very frustrated with her son on September 1 night and that she hit him in the face with the back of her hand. The force that the child experienced from the blow knocked him back which then caused him to hit his head against a wall inside their home. The affidavit also alleges that Jordan experienced multiple seizures throughout the rest of the evening.
The document states: "As the victim’s health declined during the following day, the defendant carried him to a wooded area during the night where the victim’s body was left. The victim’s recovered body had visible injuries consistent with the defendant’s admission." It also stated that the child's body had been discovered behind the Largo Sports Complex. It is still unclear if Jordan had been alive when his mother left him in the woods.
Speaking to the child's paternal uncle Stephon Davis, Fox 13 reported that he and the rest of the family believe that the mother was the one who had been the cause of whatever happened to the child. He said: "We honestly knew it was her because of her past with us."
Before she was arrested and charged with the murder of her son, Largo police said that child protective service workers had visited Stinson's apartment as a part of a child abuse investigation. There has not been any news on what the results of that investigation were. Stinson was also arrested on domestic violence charges twice in 2017.
Davis has said that a vigil for Jordan is set to take place on September 5 at 5 pm at the Highland Recreation Complex at 400 Highland Drive NE, Largo.