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'We Loved Jordan Deeply': Foster Parents of Slain Boy

They had hoped to adopt the 2-year-old
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2018 6:55 PM CDT
A memorial for Jordan Belliveau.   (Kathryn Varn/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

(Newser) – Jordan Belliveau spent some 15 months with foster parents Sam and Juliet Warren. During that time, Sam Warren told reporters Wednesday, Jordan learned to roll over and crawl, how to walk and talk. "We loved Jordan deeply," he said. Jordan was returned to his birth mother earlier this year. On Sunday, Inside Edition reports, she reported him missing. On Tuesday, investigators found the 2-year-old's body. His birth mother, Charisse Stinson, 21, has been arrested for allegedly killing her son and leaving his body in a wooded area in Largo, Fla., WFLA reports. "We are devastated by his loss, but for a court order, he would still be safe in our home," said Warren, who along with his wife, had reportedly hoped to adopt Jordan.

"Jordan was failed by the system," Warren said. Authorities say Stinson has admitted to killing her son, per WFTS, saying that she struck the boy in the face out of frustration, causing his head to hit a wall. After a night of seizures, she reportedly told police, she took Jordan to the woods and left him. Initially, Stinson had told police that a man named Antwan on Saturday night offered her and Jordan a ride. Then Antwan knocked her unconscious, and when she awoke at Largo Central Park, Jordan was missing. That story, police now say, was a lie. Now community members are asking why Jordan was returned to Stinson, per WFLA, which adds that a caseworker saw Jordan the day before Stinson reported him missing. An investigation is underway. " We hope that Jordan’s loss will lead to a change to protect other children in the system," Warren said. (Read more Florida stories.)

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