LARGO, Florida. – Authorities in Florida say that they are a prime suspect in the death of a 2-year-old boy, whose body was on Tuesday found in the forest in the near of St. Petersburg — the child, the 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson.
Stinson reported the boy missing early Sunday, according to police in Largo, Florida. A cheap Amber Alert issued for the little Jordan Belliveau after Stinson told authorities a man named “Antwan,” who had dreadlocks and gold teeth, kidnapped Jordan after giving them a ride on Saturday evening in the Tampa Bay area.
According to authorities, Stinson says the man eventually became violent. She lost consciousness after a number of blows to his face. She said that she woke up in a park and her child was gone. The police gave a sketch of the man in front of the audience.
In a press conference on Wednesday morning, police officials characterized the mothers’ first testimony as “misleading.”
“At first, there were parts of the story that the detectives felt were maybe not true,” said Lt. Randall Chaney. “But at the same time, we are looking for a child.”
He said the need to find the boy was their highest priority and they later learned the man does not exist.
An arrest report says Stinson told the researchers that in a moment of frustration, she struck the child, causing his head against a wall. He then began to have seizures. The report says that they then left his body in the woods.
The authorities found the body Tuesday afternoon. The police said that the injury to the child is a reflection of the mother’s admission.
“We feel a murder, a murder charge is appropriate,” said Maj. Steven Slaughter. “Our goal now is a successful prosecution.”
Stinson is scheduled to make her first appearance in the afternoon.
Information from: The Bradenton (Florida) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com