California Mother Arrested in Denver for Murder of Seven-Year-Old Son

A California woman wanted by Las Vegas police in the killing of her 7-year-old son was arrested in Denver Tuesday, authorities said. A FBI-led task force arrested Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35, in a Denver hotel room, CBS San Francisco reports.

The body of her son, Liam Husted, was found by hikers outside Las Vegas in Mountain Springs, Nevada, on May 28, the FBI said. Rodriguez and Husted had been living with Husted’s father in San Jose, California, until May 24, when the father learned Rodriguez had left with the boy.

According to CBS San Francisco, Rodriguez left a message for the father in which she said, “I’m sorry I had to do it like this,” and she also said she intended to find a house for her and Husted and that she would speak with the father later. The father, who is not married to Rodriguez, told San Jose police June 1 he hadn’t seen them in a few days.

“At that time, he was not sure if he wanted to pursue any type of, you know, child stealing, parental abduction charges on Mom,” San Jose police Sergeant Christian Camarillo told reporters.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Alex Sundby