By Tara Rippin • 06 February 2021 • 12:22
CREDIT: Placerville Police
‘Tortured’ boy, 11, found dead in bin after ‘stepmum poisoned his water’
THE body of Roman Lopez was found in a container in his family’s basement, after being reported missing on January 11, 2020, the Placerville Police Department said.
His body was reportedly found around 15 hours later.
At the time, Placerville police Sgt John Meuser said the child’s death was being investigated as “suspicious” and did not comment further.
A post-mortem found Roman was “severely malnourished and dehydrated” at the time of his death, though there was “no obvious trauma”.
His stepmum Lindsey Piper, 38, and father Jordan Piper, 36, were arrested and charged with child abuse and torture, according to a statement from the police department.
Lindsay Piper is accused of poisoning Roman’s drinking water, states an arrest warrant, while Jordan Piper was additionally charged with failure to provide for a child.
At the time Roman was reported missing, he lived in the home with his biological father and stepmother, along with seven additional children aged from one to 17-years-old.
The family had moved to Placerville just two months earlier.
After an initial search for Roman was unsuccessful, a second, more extensive search of the home was launched, and Placerville Police Investigators found the young boy’s body in the basement.
“Much of this case involved the analysis of forensic evidence, to include obtaining search warrants to seize electronic devices, review data, and working with medical professionals as well as experts in the field of child abuse.
“Adding to the complexity of this case was how often this family moved and the various agencies they had encountered,” said the police department.
“The Placerville Police Department and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Roman’s loved ones, who never lost confidence in our ability as an investigative team to leave no question unanswered.
“Our hearts will forever be with them all.”
Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “’Tortured’ boy, 11, found dead in bin after ‘stepmum poisoned his water’”. For more UK daily news, Spanish daily news and Global news stories, visit the Euro Weekly News home page.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don’t already have one. Review our
Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.