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Mother directs police to missing 2-year-old daughter’s shallow grave

After not being able to revive her 2-year-old daughter, the mother wrapped the toddler in a blanket, put her into a leopard-print suitcase, and buried her in a shallow grave.
After not being able to revive her 2-year-old daughter, the mother wrapped the toddler in a blanket, put her into a leopard-print suitcase, and buried her in a shallow grave. John E. Polk Correctional Facility

Police in Sanford, Fla. have been searching for missing 2-year-old Tariji Gordon since Feb. 10, when the little girl’s mother, 32-year-old Rachel Fryer, turned herself in to the authorities.

Following up on leads in the child’s disappearance, Tariji was found buried in a shallow grave in Putnam County, Fla. on the morning of Feb. 12, according to WESH in Orlando.

The mother confessed to police that she discovered her asthmatic daughter unresponsive on the morning of Feb. 6. Fryer said she attempted CPR in an effort to revive her daughter, but to no avail.

According to the police report:

“The mother told police she thought the child then took another breath, but then stopped breathing.

The mother did not call 911 or contact emergency medical services.

The police report went on to state that Fryer wrapped Tariji in a black blanket, and then placed her into a leopard-print suitcase. Fryer asked a friend to drive her to Crescent City, Fla., where she dug a shallow grave and buried little Tariji.

On Monday morning, Fryer turned herself into police and told authorities where they could find Tariji. Police found Tariji buried in a shallow grave at the address Fryer gave them. Tariji's body will be taken to St. John's County for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Including little Tariji, Fryer has a total of four children, who until recently have all been in foster care until being reunited with their mother in Nov. 2013.

Fryer's 7-year-old daughter told investigators her mother hits her with a brown stick, a broom handle, a mop and shoes on a regular basis, the arrest report said. The child told police Fryer last beat her on Feb. 5, the day before the toddler died.

Fryer's three living children have been returned to foster care.

Fryer will be back in court in April facing charges of aggravated child neglect. She’s currently being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on $950,000 bond.

According to court records, Fryer lost another baby on May 13, 2011 who died when he was only two-months-old. The little baby, Tavont'ae Gordon, died from “mechanical asphyxiation and the child's manner of death was an accident,” according to the medical examiner. Fryer allegedly crushed Tavont'ae with her feet while she slept on a couch.

No one was arrested in the child's death, despite DCF receiving six reports of abuse about Fryer and her children. Fryer tested positive for cocaine one day after Tavont'ae was brought to the hospital, records show.

Fryer’s criminal record includes several arrests, including resisting arrest, battery of a law enforcement officer, petty theft, possession of marijuana, and a six month prison stint for failing to appear in court in 2012.

You can see Rachel Fryer’s most recent arrest report, here.

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Mother of missing 2-year-old daughter charged with aggravated child abuse

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