Mother accused of killing 5-year-old son sentenced to six years for multi-year food stamp scheme

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland woman charged in connection with the death of her 5-year-old son who was found buried in his backyard last year has been sentenced on separate charges for a food stamp scheme stemming from 2015.

Larissa Rodriguez was sentenced to six years in prison along with children's services provider Nancy Caraballo, who was sentenced to three years in prison, for their misuse of food stamps.

Between July 2015 through December 2017 Caraballo paid Rodriguez 50 cents for every $1 of her food stamp benefits, which totaled $10,058, according to the prosecutor's office.

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The food stamps were meant for Rodriguez's five children, including 5-year-old Jordan, who was found buried in the family's backyard in December. Her son's body was discovered by authorities after police received a 911 call from a tipster who claimed to be the brother of the mother's boyfriend.

Caraballo was a parent educator for Bright Beginnings, an agency that provides educational parenting skills to families with small children.

The prosecutor's office said on at least 11 occasions, including the weeks leading up the discovery of Jordan's body, she falsified her reports to cover up that fact she never stepped inside the home.

Rodriguez and her boyfriend are still facing charges in connection with Jordan's death. Their trial is set for July 23.

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