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Cleveland mom charged in 5-year-old son’s death pleads not guilty

Larissa Rodriguez faces multiple charges after her 5-year-old son, Jordan, was found dead and buried in a back yard.

CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland mother charged in the death of her 5-year-old son was in court Tuesday morning.

Larissa Rodriguez entered a not guilty plea during her arraignment hearing in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Bond was held at $1 million.

Rodriguez was taken into custody after a caller in Pakistan told police she buried her 5-year-old child in her yard.

The body of Jordan Rodriguez was found buried in bags Dec. 19 in the yard behind a home on West 80th Street. Police say Larissa Rodriguez showed authorities where the boy was buried. Court documents say Rodriguez told police she and her boyfriend buried the boy after finding him unresponsive.

According to a court document, the remains showed "multiple signs of abuse, including broken ribs."

She's also been charged with felonious assault and child endangering.

Police have said Jordan died Sept. 22.

Cuyahoga County has taken custody of four of Rodriguez's children.

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