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Aunt of child who tipster said was buried in yard: 'What is wrong with our system?'

Posted at 4:56 PM, Dec 19, 2017

The sister of a woman who was taken into custody after a tipster said her son was buried in the backyard is speaking out, saying the system failed the family. 

"What is wrong with our system? That's what I don’t understand, what is wrong with our system?" said Ana Rodriguez. "You guys wanna do something? You wanna help these kids? Well help these kids because they’re being abused," she said. 

Listen to the interview in the media player above

She said she called Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services multiple times about her sister and the conditions in which her nieces and nephews were living. 

Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services confirmed to News 5 the mother had a history with the agency. 


Mother in custody after police receive tip that child was buried behind Cleveland west side home

"Out of all of your siblings, you have the most kids," she said. "The most kids, lovable kids, adorable kids, good kids, and you just do something like this." 

But a neighbor tells News 5 the woman in custody is a great mom. 

“Oh, she’s an awesome mom, she’s a great mom," said neighbor Genny Lopez. "She’s an awesome mom, she’s an awesome mom, I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that at all.”

Cleveland police say the mother is talking to investigators and is in custody but has not been charged with a crime. 

Police say this case is not believed to be connected to the body of a 4-year-old boy that was found in an abandoned home in September.