‘Failed by the system’: Foster parents of murdered 2-year-old give emotional statement

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Largo police say a caseworker saw 2-year-old murder victim Jordan Belliveau at his home on Friday, the day before his mother reported him missing. 

Jordan’s mother Charisse Stinson is accused of murdering her son and then lying to police about what happened until his body was found Tuesday in a wooded area in Largo. 

Largo police say a caseworker from Directions for Living showed up at the home Friday.

Jordan had been in and out of foster care for most of his life. 

His foster parents Sam and Juliet Warren spoke with the media on Wednesday afternoon to share memories of Jordan.

“He wasn’t just the boy in the Amber Alert,” Sam Warren said. “He learned to walk and talk in our family.”

The Warrens said they were trying to adopt him and weren’t ready for him to go back.

“We hope that Jordan’s loss will lead to a change to protect other children in the system,” they said. “Jordan was failed by the system.”

The community is demanding to know how and why Jordan was allowed back with his mother, a person with a history of domestic abuse and unemployed. 

DCF is working to compile abuse records concerning the family. Officials said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll has ordered a special investigation. 

An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday to determine the cause of death of a 2-year-old  Largo boy who police say was murdered by his mother.

Jordan Belliveau’s 21-year-old mother Charisse Stinson is in the Pinellas County Jail charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. A judge ruled Wednesday that she be held on no bond for the murder charge and $500,000 for the aggravated child abuse charge.

An arrest report shows that she killed him during what appears to be a fit of rage.

Her arrest came just a few days after she claimed a man kidnapped her son, which prompted an Amber Alert.

According to a newly-released report, Stinson admitted to detectives that her son Jordan had an injury on his right leg in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 2.

“During a moment of frustration the defendant admitted she struck the victim in the face with the back of her hand, which in turn caused the back of his head to strike an interior wall of the home,” the report states.

The report says Jordan suffered seizures after the blow to the head.

He later died.

“The defendant carried him to a wooded area during the night where the victim’s body was left,” the report shows.

Stinson claimed a man named Antwan offered to give her and Jordan a ride on Saturday night. She said Antwan knocked her out during the car ride and took off with Jordan. She said she awakened in Largo Central Park, could not find her son and then went to a nearby motel to use the phone to call 911 to report her son missing.

Largo police detectives told News Channel 8 the story seemed legitimate. On Sunday, a statewide AMBER Alert was issued and a composite sketch of the man was put out.

But on Wednesday, Largo police say Stinson made up the story. She never accepted a ride with a man named Antwan and was never assaulted.

“Her story about being in Central Park was a deception on her part,” said Largo Police Major Steven Slaughter.

Detectives say Stinson was in a wooded area of Largo disposing of her son’s body at the time she claimed to be knocked out in Largo Central Park. 

They said after she left her son’s body in the woods, she went to Largo Central Park and then went to the motel to report him missing.  Police say she faked the assault by “Antwan” with a self-inflicted injury.

Maj. Slaughter also said that Stinson did not appear to be remorseful when she was interviewed by detectives. He said she kept changing answers to their questions and making things up during the interview.

Slaughter said detectives are continuing to investigate the case and want anyone with information to come forward.

Jordan’s body was found not far from the Largo Sports Complex Tuesday afternoon, after detectives received information. Slaughter said that area had not been searched before. 

“This is not the outcome we wanted,” said Slaughter.

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