Identity of “Little Jacob” Released, Mother and Girlfriend Arrested

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The mother of a boy, known as “little Jacob,” whose body was found on a Galveston beach last year is among two people arrested after the boy was identified, police said.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale said the boy was identified as 4-year-old Jaden Lopez, of Houston, after investigators released an edited crime scene photo that showed the boy’s face.

After the boy was identified, investigators determined the boy was in the care of his mother, Rebecca Rivera and her girlfriend, Dania Amezquita Gomez at the time of his death.

Rivera and Gomez have each been charged with tampering or fabricating evidence.  

Chief Vernon Hale, Galveston Police said, “It is believed that both of them were present when he was dead and that both of them came to Galveston and dumped his body.”

While investigators said Jaden did not drown, they are still trying to determine his cause of death. 

They said he showed signs of neglect.

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