Q: A kindergartner who attended Bowling Green Charter Elementary School was found dead in a suitcase in a burning field in another county. Her mother’s boyfriend was watching the girl while her mother was in rehab. They arrested the boyfriend and his mother. What happened after the arrests? Were they found guilty?
A: Juan Rivera remains in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial for murder in the death of 6-year-old Jadianna Larson.
The girl was left in Rivera’s care while Jadianna’s mother, Tanecia Clark, was undergoing mental health treatment, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. Rivera, Clark’s boyfriend at the time, is accused of sexually assaulting Jadianna, then killing her with a blunt object before dumping and burning her body. The girl’s charred body was found May 28, 2015, in rural Glenn County a day after Rivera reported her missing from a south Sacramento apartment complex.
Rivera’s mother, Lisa Burton, was accused of helping her son cover up the killing.
Rivera’s next court date, for a trial readiness conference, is Nov. 17, with a trial set for Sept. 11, 2018, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online.
Burton pleaded no contest in April to being an accessory to a felony and vehicle theft, and was sentenced to three years in state prison. But because of the time she had spent in custody awaiting trial – 619 days – plus 619 days of good behavior/work time credits, she was released April 21 with time served, according to court records.