- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Florida mother suspected in the death of her 2-year-old son appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.

A Pinellas County judge charged 21-year-old Charisse Stinson with first degree murder and one count of aggravated child abuse. She is being held without bond.

Stinson reported her son Jordan Belliveau missing on Sunday to police in Largo, Florida, prompting a statewide Amber Alert. She said a man had knocked her unconscious and kidnapped the boy. Police even put out a sketch based on her description.

After learning the man did not exist, police called her testimony “deceptive” at a press conference Wednesday morning.

An arrest report says Stinson told investigators that in a moment of frustration she struck the child, causing his head to hit a wall. The report says she then left his body in the woods. Authorities found the body Tuesday afternoon.



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