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.
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- Four Hillsborough Fire Rescue paramedics have been suspended for botching a 911 call that resulted in a woman's death.
Thirty-year-old Crystal Galloway died from a stroke. The incident happened at an apartment complex on the Fourth of July.
The county says the victim's mother called 911 and by the time paramedics arrived, there was confusion about the transport.
The County Administrator said the victim's mother told paramedics she wanted to transfer her daughter because of the cost.
However, the mother said that the paramedics told her, "We are not transporting Crystal because she cannot afford the ambulance ride."
The administrator says the mother had a discussion with Hillsborough deputies about cost and not the paramedics.
Regardless, the administrator says the paramedics violated a number of procedures, including not getting the patient to sign a formal refusal, failing to document the true nature of the call by stating they never found the victim, and failing to properly assess the patient when they arrived on scene.
"They didn't take any vitals. They didn't do any assesment of her. That is a violation of standard operating procedure," said County Administrator, Mike Merrill.
Merrill previously spoke with Dr. Michael Lozano, the Medical Director of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, as part of the internal investigation.
Merrill said, "Based on, as I said, the review of Dr. (Michael) Lozano, he concluded that based on these three points, I'm quoting him now, 'I cannot trust these individuals to work under my medical license. I feel they do not meet the minumum standards set by myself and the department.'"
The mother said she ended up having to drive her daughter to the hospital herself.
Crystal was then airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. Following a coma, Crystal died a few days later.
The mother said she's very upset about this incident and wants the paramedics fired.
Those paramedics will attend a preliminary discipline hearing next Tuesday.