59ºF

Mother, girlfriend arrested in death of boy, 4, found dead on Galveston beach

Child identified as Jayden Alexander Lopez

photo

GALVESTON, TexasUPDATE: Galveston Police have identified Jayden Alexander Lopez, 4, as the boy found dead on Galveston beach and have arrested two people including his mother, in connection to the case.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale said Wednesday they have arrested Lopez's mother, Rebecca Suzanne Rivera, and her girlfriend, Dania Amezquita Gomez. Hale said they came to Galveston from Houston to dump Lopez's body.

Hale said Rivera has been charged with tampering or fabricated physical evidence. She is being held on $250,000 bond. Amezquita Gomez has been charged with a misdemeanor and is being held on a $100,000 bond. Both are currently in Galveston County Jail.

Hale said the investigation into the case is on-going. This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information.

---

(Original Story)

Police in Galveston are holding a press conference on Wednesday to announce "large developments" in the case of an unidentified boy found on Galveston beach.

The boy, known as "Little Jacob", was found dead back in October of 2017 by someone walking on the beach near 7th Street and Seawall Boulevard. 

In an effort to identify the child, investigators released a photo of the boy’s face that had been altered slightly to compensate for signs of decomposition and water damage.

RELATED: Photo released of boy found dead on Galveston beach as 'last option'

RELATED: Boy's body found on Galveston beach; no missing persons reports match description of child

Police have said DNA tests were unsuccessful. They do believe the child to be somewhere between three and five years old. 

A $10,000 reward was offered for information on the identification of the boy and the location of the child’s next of kin.

Wednesday's press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information.


About the Author: