“I’m living in a nightmare,” says the father of the San Jose boy who was allegedly killed by his mother

Vigil in San Jose for Liam Husted

7-year-old Liam Husted’s loved ones gathered in his favorite park on Thursday afternoon, where they held a vigil in his honor.

The father of a 7-year-old boy from San Jose whose remains were found on a hiking trail near Las Vegas is struggling with the sudden death of his son. The boy’s mother is suspected of killing him.

Nicholas Husted, the father of Liam Husted, said he couldn’t understand how his son’s mother could commit the crime.

“My heart and mind are awash with grief and pain, and I am living in a nightmare,” said the boy’s father. “The knowledge that he has been taken away forever by someone he trusted is absolutely unforgivable.”

Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35, was arrested Tuesday at a Denver hotel shortly after authorities announced her as a suspect in the case.

San Jose mother arrested after body of 7-year-old son was found in Las Vegas

A 35-year-old mother from San Jose was arrested after the body of her 7-year-old son with special needs was found in Las Vegas.

On Monday, forensic scientists clearly identified the body as Rodriguez’s son Liam.

Authorities have yet to reveal how Liam died, whether it was a weapon or a motive for the murder.

Lt. Ray Spencer of Las Vegas Police said it was clear the boy was killed in the remote Mountain Springs area where he was found.

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Liam’s grandfather told The Mercury News that the boy lived with his mother and father. He said the boy had special educational needs, attended a learning center for autistic children, and had household items for behavioral problems. Outside aid ended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As Liam got older, it was tough on them, but they made it,” Grandfather Chris Husted said in an email, the newspaper reported. “There was no sign of abuse at all. Liam was an innocent child, dependent on his care and good intentions, like all people with special needs.”

Rodriguez’s arrest came two weeks after she left San Jose with all her belongings and her son and left a message for the boy’s father, police said.

San Jose mother accused of killing special needs son

A 35-year-old mother from San Jose was arrested after the body of her 7-year-old son with special needs was found in Las Vegas.

She told the boy’s father that she was sorry and that she would try to get a house for herself and Liam and that the couple could talk in the future.

“There was nothing suspicious in that message that would lead the father to believe that Liam or Samantha was involved in any type of foul play or that harm was possibly done,” said Lt. Ray Spencer. the Las Vegas police said.

The police officer said Liam’s father waited until June 1 to report to the San Jose police that the boy was missing. Nicholas is not a suspect in Liam’s death.

Loved ones gathered in La Colina Park on Thursday, where they held a vigil in his honor. Relatives said this was Liam’s favorite park to play with.

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