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Man Recalls Allegedly Meeting a Crying Liam Husted, 7, in San Jose before He Was Found Dead in Las Vegas

Afouda Bamidele
Jun 10, 2021
11:00 P.M.
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A young man from SJ expressed total melancholy over the death of a 7-year-old child. The San Jose resident believed he had met the kid before the sad incident.


A northern California restaurant, Nicole Tuman, expressed absolute devastation over the death of 7-year-old Liam Husted. The San Jose man believed he had met the little boy shortly before he was reported dead.

Tuman, who appears to be a neighbor of the little boy, mentioned that he knows the boy and mother, Samantha Moreno Rodriguez. He claimed that he had bumped into the boy in the hallway while he stepped out of his apartment.

A photo of a police line to keep people away from a scene | Photo: Shutterstock


Tuman's statement revealed that the boy was left all by himself crying when he met him. The San Jose man felt he should have been more concerned about how he found the boy. He believed he must have died after he met him.

As investigations continued,  Rodriguez, 35, the victim's mother, was taken into custody, and authorities believed she is a suspect in the murder of her 7-year-old kid. She was arrested in Colorado and charged with the murder of her son.

Screenshot of San Jose who had an encounter with 7-year-old boy that was found dead in Vegas | Photo: Eyewitness News


7-year-old Liam was found dead in a park in Las Vegas. The boy's father, Nick Husted, mentioned to the police that


and his mother were missing, but he didn't find the movement suspicious.

An Ohio father, Matthew Ponomarenko, admitted to killing his 5-year-old autistic kid to a police dispatcher.

Screenshot of Liam, the 7-year-old victim | Photo: News


A San Jose officer, Sgt  Christian Camarillo, noted that the victim's father was not sure of the situation. He also mentioned that the boy's mother had left him a message which indicated that she was with her son.

Rodriguez was arrested in Denver at a hotel where she was found with a man. However, the police do not believe the young man she was with had any involvement in the case.

A screenshot of Liam Husted | Photo: TODAY


Officials believe the boy's body was left at the park after dark, behind a bush off State road.  His body was left unidentified until a family friend recognized his image, which the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children displayed.

An Ohio father, Matthew Ponomarenko, admitted to killing his 5-year-old autistic kid to a police dispatcher. Ponomarenko explained how he hit his son severely with a baseball bat and left his body lifeless in the living room afterward.

A screenshot of an Ohio dad and his son | Photo: York Post

According to Johnathan Cherni, the victim's uncle, it appeared that the Ohio dad had not been taking his medication. Ponomarenko was later arrested and charged with



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