Woman sentenced in connection to disturbing murder of 5-year-old boy found in suitcase

LOUISVILLE, KY – A woman from Louisiana has been handed down a 30-year prison sentence for her part in the murder of a 5-year-old boy from Atlanta. His body was found tightly packed inside a suitcase in southern Indiana in the spring of last year.

Located near Louisville, Kentucky, in Washington County, Indiana, the decomposing body of Cairo Ammar Jordan was discovered on the 16th of April, 2022. State medical examiners concluded from an autopsy that the young boy died from an electrolyte imbalance due to severe dehydration. This diagnosis is consistent with the symptoms of gastroenteritis, including vomiting and diarrhea. The investigators revealed that Cairo’s death likely took place within the week preceding the finding of his remains.

Adding to the complexity of the investigation, Cairo was not reported missing, leaving him nameless for months following the grizzly discovery. With the help from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Indiana authorities eventually managed to identify the boy and make contact with his father.

Cairo’s mother, Dejaune Ludie Anderson of Atlanta, is facing mounting legal pressure as a warrant has been issued for her arrest. Authorities are charging her with murder, neglect of a dependent, and obstruction of justice.

Involved in the conspiracy to commit Cairo’s murder was 41-year-old Dawn Elaine Coleman. A resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, Coleman recently pleaded guilty to the charges. She has received a sentence of 30 years in prison, with a five-year suspension transitioning to probation.

The two women had been acquainted for approximately a year prior to the incident and frequently traveled together along with Cairo. They had also cohabitated in a Louisville home for some time. Both Coleman’s and Anderson’s fingerprints were found on the black plastic bags containing Cairo’s body within the suitcase.

During the course of inquiries, Coleman admitted to witnessing the actual moment of Cairo’s death. Upon entering a bedroom of the shared home, she saw Anderson lying atop the boy, who was facedown on the bed.

Shaken, Coleman conceded to Anderson’s demands to help stuff Cairo into a trash bag and suitcase. The pair then discarded the suitcase and its grisly contents in a wooded area just outside of Pekin, in Washington County. The abandoned suitcase was later discovered by a mushroom forager in April 2022.

In October, authorities apprehended Coleman in California. However, Cairo’s mother, Anderson, has successfully evaded law enforcement and remains at large as of Tuesday.