Mom Arrested Nearly 2 Years After Her 5-Year-Old Son’s Dead Body Was Found in a Suitcase

The U.S. Marshals Service in California apprehended the woman this week while she was boarding a public transit train

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A woman has been arrested in connection with the murder investigation of her 5-year-old son, whose body was found inside a suitcase in a wooded area in Indiana nearly two years ago.

The U.S. Marshals Service in California apprehended Dejaune Anderson while she was boarding a public transit train in the Los Angeles suburb Arcadia on Thursday, Indiana State Police confirmed in a statement released Friday.

Anderson has had a warrant out for her arrest in Washington County, Indiana, since October 2022 for charges of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and obstruction of justice, per the statement.

The body of her son, Cairo Jordan, was discovered on April 16, 2022, in a heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County, when a man hunting for mushrooms stumbled upon a hard-shell suitcase with a body inside of it, authorities said.

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Upon discovering the abandoned suitcase, the man called 911. The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded, and Indiana State Police detectives in Sellersburg began the investigation, per police.

A month after Cairo's death, police said an autopsy revealed that the then-unidentified boy died from electrolyte imbalance likely due to gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea) that led to fatal dehydration, the Louisville Courier Journal reported at the time.

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Police announced the body’s identity as Cairo in October 2022, at which time they issued the warrant for his mother.

It is not immediately clear where Anderson has been booked or if she currently has a legal representative to comment on her behalf.

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