Mother of 5-year-old boy found buried in backyard pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

CLEVELAND - The mother of a 5-year-old boy found buried in his backyard on Cleveland's west side late last year has changed her plea on food stamp fraud and telecommunications fraud to guilty.

Larissa Rodriguez, 34, is also charged with murdering her 5-year-old son, Jordan Rodriguez, who was found buried in the family's backyard in December.

Jordan's body was discovered by authorities after police received a 911 call from a tipster who claimed to be the brother of Rodriguez's boyfriend.

In the call, the man, who said he is in the Air Force and was overseas in Pakistan, told dispatchers that his brother confessed to burying the child in the backyard of his home with his girlfriend.

The prosecutor in the case confirmed in January that a family services worker, identified as Nancy Caraballo, would report to the home, but instead of going inside, the social worker would accept a food stamp card from Rodriguez. Caraballo would then go and purchase items with the card and return the card back to Rodriguez.

Caraballo was charged with the illegal use of food stamps, grand theft telecommunications fraud, money laundering and bribery. She was also charged with tampering with government records.

 

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Her sentencing for fraud charges is scheduled for April 26. Her murder trial is set for April 30.

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