Largo Police Charge Mother in Murder of Missing 2 Year Old
The mother admitted hitting the toddler across the face with the back of her hand, according to the arrest affidavit. The force of the blow caused the child’s head to hit a wall.
LARGO – The search for a toddler missing since Saturday (Sept. 1) ended Tuesday (Sept. 4) with the discovery of the child’s body and the arrest of his mother.
Charisse Denae Stinson, 21, of Largo, was charged with one count each of first degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of her son, Jordan Belliveau, 2.
The announcement of Stinson’s arrest came Tuesday night in a short press conference at the Largo Police Department. No details were released during that event, but the arrest affidavit alleged that Stinson confessed to hitting her child, failing to get medical help for him, and dumping him in a wooded area near Lake Avenue and McMullen Road in Largo.
Stinson’s arrest ended a saga that began Sunday (Sept. 2) when she reported her son missing. She told police that she and Jordan were on East Bay Drive near Belcher Road at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when they were offered a ride in a white Toyota Camry by a stranger who gave them the name “Antwan.”
Once in the Toyota, Stinson said, an altercation took place. Stinson said “Antwan” struck her in the face and knocked her unconscious. When she regained consciousness several hours later, she said she was in a wooded area in Largo Central Park and Jordan was nowhere to be found.
After an extensive search of the area, Jordan was not located and an Amber Alert was issued. The Amber Alert was cancelled Tuesday afternoon when the child’s lifeless body was found.
Police said this morning (Sept. 5) that “initially there were parts of her story that the detectives felt were not true” and that “parts of her story didn’t make sense.” But officers focused on trying to find the child.
As the investigation continued, officers said Stinson constantly changed her story. Finally, according to the affidavit, she admitted killing her child. Police said she self-inflicted injuries to make it appear she had been attacked.
The affidavit offered details, saying the “child had an unexplained, serious injury to his right leg. During a moment of frustration, the defendant admitted she struck the … child in the face with the back of her hand, which, in turn, caused the back of his head to strike an interior wall of \her home.
“After the blow to the head, the victims suffered from seizures during the night, which lead to further decline, resulting in his death.
“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.”
Police said they believe Stinson acted alone.
Photo shows Charisse Denae Stinson, left, and Jordan Belliveau.
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