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Couple charged with child's death skip out on court date, U.S. Marshals join search

Posted: 3:53 PM, Feb 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-06 20:02:16-05
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CLEVELAND — The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has now joined the hunt for Joanna Vega and Romaine Tolbert.

The two face a list of charges including murder, assault and kidnapping in connection with the death of Vega's godson, 4-year-old Eliazar Ruiz.

“We’re not going to give up,” said Interim Assistant Chief United States Marshal Service, Brian Fitzgibbon.

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The remains of the little boy were found stuffed in a garbage and dumped in a backyard on Longmead Avenue on Cleveland’s West Side in 2017.

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Two weeks ago, the two were indicted. Last week, the pair failed to show up for their first court appearance. Romaine and Vega have been on the run since.

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The U.S. Marshals is now offering a $2,500 reward for information about the whereabouts of Vega and Romaine.

Fitzgibbon called the condition the boy was found in "despicable."

U.S. Marshals believe the two are still in the Cleveland area, most likely on the city's West Side.

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