Charisse Stinson, the woman accused of leaving her toddler son for dead in a wooded area in Largo and then coming up with a false story of his abduction, was pregnant when she left jail Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
When she returned Sunday, she wasn't.
Officials won't confirm Stinson, 21, gave birth. Due to health and child protection privacy restrictions, they won't say if the baby was born alive and healthy. They won't share the baby's gender or name. And they can't talk about who has custody since the baby's mother is in jail on a murder charge.
But Jordan Belliveau, the father of the toddler Stinson is accused of killing, filed a petition for paternity Monday, naming Stinson. The court docket shows Stinson giving birth Saturday to Serenity Marie Stinson.
Stinson is awaiting trial in the death of her 2-year-old son, also named Jordan Belliveau. Detectives said she admitted to hitting Jordan in the head and then leaving him in the woods. But before she admitted it, investigators said, she made up a story about a man who had possibly abducted the toddler after he gave Stinson and Jordan a ride one night. The thread sent detectives and the community on a 60-hour manhunt looking for Jordan.
She faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and making a false report to law enforcement.
Deputies were willing to share the general protocol for when Pinellas County inmates give birth. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Spencer Gross explained how it usually goes:
First, when birth is imminent, inmates are accompanied by detention staff from jail to a hospital. Gross wouldn't say this week where Stinson went.
Once the child is born, a call is made from the hospital to the Department of Children and Families abuse hotline. Any time an inmate gives birth it triggers an automatic call, which activates child protection investigators within the Sheriff's Office, who find immediate care for the baby.
"Obviously there's a concern the parent is not going to be caring for the child," Gross said. "So we need to determine the best circumstance for the child."
In the meantime, so long as the mother is healthy following the birth, she is taken back to jail after a monitoring period.
The family of father Jordan Belliveau had for months said he is also the father of the child Stinson was carrying. Grandmother Jessica Belliveau previously said she'd try to obtain custody of the newborn. It was unclear from court files who has custody of the newborn.
The Belliveau family would not return calls or messages. Stinson has declined interview requests. Her mother, Mary Washington, declined to comment.
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