Timeline: What we know about Jayden Lopez
GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Galveston police have charged two women in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy whose body was found on a beach.
Here is how investigators uncovered the death of Jayden Alexander Lopez, of Houston:
Oct. 20, 2017
- Three to five-year-old boy found dead on a Galveston beach.
Oct. 21, 2017
- Autopsy conducted on child, who showed signs of malnourishment and abuse.
Oct. 22, 2017
- Investigators release a sketch of "Little Jacob."
Nov. 6, 2017
P.D. and the FBI offer up to $10,000 reward for information.
Investigators believe family members of the boy may have made excuses
for his disappearance around Oct. 18.
Jan. 30, 2018
- Authorities said they believed he died about October 17-18, 2017, and was put into the water in the Galveston County area.
March 8, 2018
agent received a tip that "Little Jacob" is believed to be the son of
Rebecca Rivera, who had not been seen by the tipster for some time.
tipster revealed overhearing a conversation in which Rivera and
girlfriend Daria Amezquita Gomez said they had been living in Chicago
since October 2017, and that the couple returned to Houston to attend a
April 4, 2018
- Galveston County
Sheriff's deputies made contact with Diana Amezquita, sister of Daria,
and learned that Rivera told her that her son is staying with family
April 5, 2018
- Deputies tracked
down Rivera and Gomez at the apartment of a friend in Houston. The
person who lived in the unit told authorities the pair asked if they
could "stay for a little while."
Inside the apartment, Rivera
told deputies her son, Jayden Lopez, had been kidnapped but refused to
share any additional information about his whereabouts.
provided a statement to the FBI, in which she said she believed Jayden
was staying with Rivera's family and had not been seen in six months.
Four days prior to giving the statement, Gomez told investigators her
brother said the boy was dead. After confronting Rivera, Gomez alleges
her girlfriend said her son had been kidnapped and she would have to
explain what happened to law enforcement.
April 12, 2018
- After obtaining a warrant, a DNA swab is taken from Rivera and a blood card from the body of Little Jacob.
April 26, 2018
FBI lab worker told deputies Rivera is "49 million times more likely to
be the mother of Little Jacob than any unrelated person."
May 3, 2018
collected from the Harris County Toll Road Authority shows an Isuzu
Rodeo registered to Rivera passed through the westbound Beltway 8 toll
booth at the S. Wayside exit ramp on October 19, 2017. A photograph
taken of the vehicle shows what appears to be Rivera in the driver's
seat. Gomez, meanwhile, appears to be photographed in the passenger
May 16, 2018
- Gomez, who is being held at an ICE detention center in Harris County, claimed she was too drunk to remember the trip.
tell Gomez they believe she and Rivera were photographed in the Isuzu
Rodeo on their way to Galveston, where they dumped Jayden's body.
June 19, 2018
tells deputies at her friend's apartment where she was staying that
Jayden bumped his head into a wall two weeks before his death, injuring
his head. The child's mother said she used alcohol to clean the injury
on Jayden's head.
During an argument with Gomez, Rivera claimed
she spilled alcohol all over Jayden's face. His face allegedly swelled
up and over the course of the next two weeks, her son's health
deteriorated as he complained of stomach aches.
On the last day
of his life, Rivera said her son was lethargic. After he died, Rivera
placed the boy's body in her vehicle and drove to Galveston with Gomez
and her 3-year-old child.
Rivera allegedly said she chose to
place Jayden's body in the water because "she had previously taken him
to the beach and that he liked the water."
The boy's mother
allegedly told investigators signs of abuse found on the child's body
were marks from a clothing hanger she used to beat him when she was
stressed out, among other items.
June 20, 2018
- In a press conference, authorities identified the name of the deceased child as 4-year-old Jayden Alexander Lopez from Houston.
Police arrested Rivera and her girlfriend, Gomez, who also both live in Houston.
Rivera has been charged with tampering or fabricated physical evidence, a felony. She is being held on $250,000 bond.
Gomez has been charged with a misdemeanor. She is being held on a $100,000 bond.
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