A mother from New Jersey who had been missing was discovered dead this past Saturday in Tennessee after police located her 2-year-old son.
Yasemin Uyar, 24, and her son, Sebastian Rios, were reported missing last Friday after the boy was not dropped off at his daycare and his mother did not show up for work, according to Robert Grady, a Union County Assistant Prosecutor, in a news release.
The pair were believed to have been abducted by Sebastian’s father, Tyler Rios, 27, of Highland Park, N.J., earlier that same day, according to an AMBER Alert for the child posted by New Jersey State Police.
Police report that Sebastian was found unharmed with his father in Monterey, Tenn., early Saturday, and Rios was taken into custody without incident.
Later in the day, investigators found Uyar’s body in a wooded area nearby, off of I-40. Authorities did not immediately say how the body was located or reveal a possible cause of death.
Prior to that discovery being confirmed, friends of the mother came together on Saturday at a church to pray for her safe return. A friend of the victim, Robyn Morris, said Uyar had obtained a restraining order against Rios.
“Typical textbook case of domestic violence,” Morris said. “Progressively got worse and this is where it’s ending.”
Police say Rios faces charges of first-degree kidnapping in connection with the child’s alleged abduction, and that additional criminal charges in connection with the death of Uyar are pending.
Rios remains jailed in Tennessee pending his extradition back to New Jersey. And according to the State Police, a conviction on first-degree kidnapping charges is commonly punishable by a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison.
Many users were distraught at the news, with one user saying: “I read articles that had his criminal past. The justice system was [too] slack on him. He had broken PFA’s He should have been in jail for a long time instead released on probation? Prayers and condolences to her family and friends.”
While another commented: “Let’s continue to defund police and stop prosecutions of crimes like the ones he committed prior but are not a bit enough deal (until he murders this poor woman, then everyone yells why wasn’t he already in jail). [Women] are [the ones] who suffer the most when we decide not to prosecute the ‘lesser’ crimes including theft. The predators of these crimes usually target women and [the] elderly. But God forbid we arrest too many of these ‘small-time’ offenders.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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