LARGO, Fla. — The mother of the 2-year-old Largo boy that had been the subject of an Ambert Alert for several days has been arrested and charged in the boy's death.
Charisse Stinson, 21, faces aggravated child abuse and first degree murder charges in connection with Jordan Belliveau's death.
A judge Wednesday afternoon set no bond for the murder charge and $500 on the child abuse charge.
Meanwhile, the child's foster parents, who had custody of Jordan from January 2017 to May 2018, said the boy was "failed by the system."
"He flourished and grew in a community that loved him deeply," Sam Warren said. "Jordan was failed by the system."During a news conference Wednesday morning, Largo Police Lt. Randall Chaney confirmed the charges and added multiple details of the case.
Chaney said Stinson acted alone in the boy's death and there was no one else involved. He added that police are searching for a person that may have come in contact with Stinson last Saturday evening at Largo Central Park.
Police added Stinson showed little emotion during her confession.
Largo Police converged on a wooded area near Lake Avenue and McMullen Booth Road late Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after, they made a short announcement confirming they had found the boy's body.
In an exclusive interview with Spectrum News conducted earlier Tuesday, Stinson, who did not want to be on camera, maintained her story that Jordan was abducted.
"There's a lot of concern because my son, we have DCF involved, but it is not towards me being a horrible parent or anything like that," Stinson said. "And I just really want people to know that I am a good mom. I am a good mother. I am a damn good mom."
Jordan 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.
The story though was all a lie according to police, who added that Stinson's wounds were self-inflicted.
According to a police report, Stinson became upset with Jordan and struck the child across the face with the back of her hand. Police say the back of his head then hit a wall causing severe injuries.
He suffered seizures throughout the night, until he eventually died, authorities said. Police said Stinson then took the body to the wooded area and left the boy there.
Authorities said Jordan spent the majority of his life in foster care. He was taken away from Stinson at 3 months old, but she regained custody in May.
Police reports dating back to July of this year show a history of domestic violence between Jordan 's parents.
Also, Stinson is pregnant and due to give birth in December. It is not known who the father is.
An investigation is ongoing but police did say that it remains unknown if this weekend's discovery of bloody items at Stinson's apartment is related to the child's death.
Lana Clayton, 52, was arrested weeks after her husband, Stephen Clayton, 64, was found dead at home.
She was detained when a toxicology test discovered a chemical called tetrahydrozoline in his body. The substance is found in over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal sprays that are available without a prescription. On Friday, York County police also charged her with unlawful malicious tampering of food between the dates of 19 and 21 July, when the alleged murder occurred.
In a statement, police say she admitted to poisoning her husband "without his knowledge".
She was arrested and held in custody on Friday. Police have not announced any potential motive.
Mr Clayton, who founded a physical therapy company, was pronounced dead after appearing to suffer a fall down stairs in the foyer of his home in the upmarket neighborhood of Clover - about 20 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina.
A funeral was held for him in the couple's backyard in early August - friends and neighbours say - before investigators discovered his cause of death.
According to the Herald newspaper, Mrs Clayton has no previous criminal record, and has not been arrested before.
Prosecutors say they are now reviewing a 2016 incident, in which she shot her husband in the head with a crossbow as he slept.
Police determined that that shooting was "accidental", according to a police report obtained by the Charlotte Observer.
Investigators found Mrs Clayton at home "crying and upset" after the crossbow incident, according to the report.
She said at the time that her husband was mentally abusive to her, and had "mood swings" but never physically hurt her.
Tetrahydrozoline can cause seizures, stop breathing and induce comas, according to the US National Library of Medicine.
Even a few drops of the drug, which is intended to reduce redness, can cause "serious adverse events".
The couple had been together for eight years, friends told WSOC-TV. Others added that she was known to attend the neighbourhood Bible study group.
Mr Clayton's family told the station that they were "shocked and mortified at the cause of Steven's death".
"All of our family and friends know how much he loved his wife, Lana, and how devoted he was to her. We are all still trying to process this."
According to the York County Probate Court, Mrs Clayton was appointed to represent Mr Clayton estate after his death.
Mrs Clayton's Facebook page states that she worked for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlotte.
Their home, worth about $800,000 (£620,000), was modelled on the Mount Vernon estate of the first US President, George Washington.