A coroner’s autopsy has ruled that 6-year-old Jadianna Larsen died of a blow to the head.
The girl’s charred body was found May 28 in a remote field off a county road in rural Glenn County. Glenn County Sheriff Richard L. Warren Jr. said Wednesday that Jadianna suffered blunt force trauma.
Juan Rivera 25, is being held in Sacramento County jail without bail on allegations that he killed Jadianna. His mother, Lisa Suzanne Burton, 46, is being held on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, accused of helping her son cover up the crime. Both return to Sacramento Superior Court on Aug. 7.
Rivera, the boyfriend of Jadianna's mother, Tanecia Clark, was supposed to be taking care of the child at a Martin Luther King Jr. Village apartment in Sacramento County on May 28 while Clark was undergoing mental health treatment, authorities said. Rivera told authorities he suffered a series of seizures that day and when the episodes had passed hours later, Jadianna had vanished.