A young mom lost her baby after her boyfriend suspected her of cheating on him.
Police say a 19-year-old Rico Riggs admitted to kicking 5-month-old Jordan Algee Jr. in a fit of rage and killing the poor child.
A detective testified against Rico. “He stated, ‘I lost control, spazzed out and kicked the baby,'” Detective Brett Orvis told a district court judge Thursday.
On March 25, Rico flew into a rage when he found out the boy’s mother, 23-year-old Temara Reed was sending text messages to ex-boyfriends and having them inside the home, when her boyfriend wasn’t around.
“He had found out that they were coming over when he wasn’t there. He didn’t know their names. He said he found out by going through her phone, Detective Orvis said.
Temara testified in court that Rico gained access to her phone when she went to the store to get him some snacks.
“All I did was run across the street to the store, and I came back. I didn’t know.”
The medical examiner alerted police after it was determined the child suffered from what’s described as “blunt force trauma” to his internal organ. The ME said the injuries were not accidental.
Initially, when asked what happened to the baby, Rico told investigators he didn’t know and that if anything happened, it had to be the other child, Nyla.
Rico also asked Temara to lie for him. Investigators say Temara lied on multiple occasions during interviews.
“The investigation has lead us to Rico Riggs as the person who inflicted these injuries and caused the baby’s death. The mother has also been charged as an accomplice after the fact and for attempting to thwart the lawful police investigation,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. “We are working diligently to see that justice is served in this heart wrenching case.”
Reed and Riggs both were formally charged in court Thursday.