WEST PALM BEACH, FL (KSNV/CNN) - The cold case of a toddler who went missing in 1986 may have been solved after detectives say they found enough evidence to arrest the boy’s mother and charge her with her son’s presumed death.
Amy Fleming, 60, is in custody in Florida, charged with the murder of her 3-year-old son Francillon “Yo-Yo” Pierre. She is awaiting extradition to Nevada.
In August 1986, Francillon went missing at the Broad Acres Swap Meet in North Las Vegas. Fleming, then known as Amy Luster, insisted the toddler had been with her one minute, but the next, he was gone.
Francillon was never found.
Almost right away, the boy’s mother and stepfather, Lee Luster, were suspected of foul play in the case. The two had been charged with felony child abuse in December 1985 after allegedly beating Francillon and were awaiting trial when the toddler disappeared, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The Lusters expressed the belief that the boy’s biological father, Jean Pierre, had taken him to Haiti, but police ruled Pierre out as a suspect.
About a year after the boy went missing, the couple moved to Florida, saying they wanted to escape the intense scrutiny the case brought. Neither of them had been formally charged, so the Nevada Department of Probation and Parole gave them a 30-day travel pass to try to find work and a home in Orlando or else return to Nevada.
It’s unclear what has happened in the more than 30 years since, but detectives in North Las Vegas have been working on the cold case for the last 12 to 18 months.
The detectives “pieced several things together,” and their findings were enough that a warrant for Fleming was issued in December, leading to her Jan. 29 arrest.
No details of what led to Fleming’s arrest have been released.
Francillon is still officially listed as missing.