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Mother Arrested Nearly 2 Years After Boy's Body Found in Suitcase in Indiana

U.S. Marshals located and arrested Dejaune Anderson in Arcadia, California
U.S. Marshals located and arrested Dejaune Anderson in Arcadia, California

The mother of a 5-year-old boy, Cairo Ammar Jordan, whose body was discovered in a suitcase in Washington County, Indiana, nearly two years ago has been arrested in Los Angeles. Dejaune Ludie Anderson, 38, of Atlanta, was taken into custody by the LAPD and is currently held at the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Jail in Van Nuys, California.


Cairo's body was found on April 16, 2022, near Louisville, Kentucky. An autopsy revealed that he died from an electrolyte imbalance, likely caused by gastroenteritis leading to dehydration. It was determined that Cairo had passed away within a week before his body was found.

The investigation into Cairo's death faced challenges as he had never been reported missing, delaying the identification process. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted Indiana authorities in locating Cairo's father once the boy's identity was confirmed. Another individual, Dawn Elaine Coleman of Shreveport, Louisiana, has already been sentenced to prison in relation to Cairo's death.

Police discovered that Coleman and Anderson had a year-long acquaintance and had been traveling together with Cairo, residing in a home in Louisville. Fingerprints belonging to both Coleman and Anderson were found on black plastic bags that contained Cairo's body inside the suitcase.

Coleman confessed to authorities that she witnessed Anderson lying on top of Cairo when she entered a bedroom, and was asked to assist in placing the boy into a trash bag and then into the suitcase. The pair then disposed of Cairo's body in a wooded area in Washington County.


The tragic discovery was made by a man searching for mushrooms in the vicinity, leading to the unveiling of Cairo's body inside the suitcase. The investigation was further propelled by the presence of specific markings on the suitcase, including an image of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

As details of this heart-wrenching case continue to emerge, the community mourns the loss of young Cairo and awaits justice for those responsible for his untimely death.


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