Boy found dead in suitcase in Indiana identified; mom and another woman charged

CHICAGO (SCS) — A boy found dead in a suitcase in southern Indiana six months ago has been identified as a 5-year-old from Atlanta, and his mother and another woman are charged with his death.

Ammar Jordan’s body in Cairo was found April 16 in Washington County, Indiana, near Louisville.

Indiana State Police said the boy was never reported missing, slowing the investigation into the case.

His mother, Dejaune Ludie Anderson, 37, of Atlanta, is wanted on a murder warrant. She is also charged with negligence of a dependent and obstruction of justice.

Dejaune Ludie Anderson, mother of a boy found dead in a suitcase
Dejaune Ludie Anderson is wanted on an arrest warrant, charged with murder in the death of her 5-year-old son, Cairo Ammar Jordan, who was found dead in a suitcase in southern Indiana in April 2022.


An autopsy revealed the boy died of an electrolyte imbalance most likely due to gastroenteritis, or vomiting and diarrhea that led to dehydration, state police said in May. Investigators said the boy had died less than a week before his body was discovered.

“No matter what progress is made, what happens in the case, we are still faced with the tragic death of a precious young child,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. said Carey Huls.

Huls said Anderson remains at large and police are asking for the public’s help in locating her. He said Anderson has been to many places, including Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco since police began their investigation last spring after his son’s body was found.

Huls said “physical evidence has led to suspects” in Jordan’s death.

Another woman, Dawn Elaine Coleman, 40, of Shreveport, Louisiana, also faces charges of negligence and obstruction. She was arrested on October 19 in San Francisco.

Cairo was buried in June at a cemetery in Salem, Indiana, about 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, after a memorial service at which a police chaplain called the child then no identified with “unknown angel”.

Huls said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped Indiana authorities contact Jordan’s father after investigators confirmed the boy’s identity.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Oct. 14 seeking the arrest warrant for Coleman, investigators found Coleman’s and Anderson’s fingerprints on black plastic bags on the boy’s body had been placed inside the suitcase.

The affidavit contains messages Anderson allegedly posted to his Facebook account, including messages on April 11 after he was released from prison in Louisville, Kentucky, for shoplifting. In those messages, written using a vanity name, Anderson wrote, “I just got out of a prison mission” and “Yes had to do healing and murder,” the affidavit reads.

A series of earlier Facebook posts Anderson allegedly made discussing exorcism, spells and other supernatural topics, including one posted Feb. 19 mentioning “a very powerful demonic force from within my son,” according to the affidavit.

Online court documents do not list an attorney who could speak on behalf of Coleman, who is expected to be flown to Indiana in about a month, Huls said.

Indiana’s online court records do not reflect a murder charge against Anderson, and it is unclear whether she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office declined Wednesday to discuss the status of the murder charge against Anderson.

Huls said the DA’s office on Tuesday obtained a murder warrant for Anderson from a judge based on an affidavit that would be released once Anderson is in custody.


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