Cleveland Couple Sentenced For Death and Backyard Burial of 5-Year-Old Special Needs Child

Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy Margaret Russo broke down in tears for the first time in her career as she sentenced Larissa Rodriguez and her boyfriend Christopher Rodriguez for their roles in the death and backyard burial of their 5-year-old special needs child, Jordan.

“I know as a judge I’m not supposed to show emotion and in 22 years I never have,” Russo said shortly after sentencing. “But this is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to determine Jordan’s exact cause of death, but officially ruled his death as a homicide.…


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