Mother accused of killing son decades ago arrested in Boca

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Amy Fleming is accused of killing her son, 3-year-old Francillon Pierre, who vanished in North Las Vegas in 1986. (PBSO|NCMEC)

A mother accused of killing her own son is now in Nevada to face charges.

U.S. Marshals arrested 60-year-old Amy Elizabeth Fleming in Boca Raton last month. She lives in Dania Beach.

She faced a warrant for felony murder out of Clark County for the death of her child, according to U.S. Marshals.

“Although we are saddened we could not bring you today good news that we found Pierre alive and well, we are fortunate that we can bring some closure,” North Las Vegas Police Chief Pamela Ojeda said during a news conference Monday.

North Las Vegas police say the case started Aug. 2, 1986, when they were called to the Broadacres swap meet in reference to a missing child. Once police arrived, Fleming and her boyfriend at the time, Lee Luster, said they hadn't seen Fleming's three-year-old son Francillon Pierre since that morning.

Dozens of police officers and hundreds of volunteers conducted a search of the area, but could not find Francillon, police said during a news conference Monday night.

"The subsequent investigation revealed that the majority of witnesses at the swap meet that day reported never seeing Pierre with Fleming or Luster,” said Chief Ojeda. North Las Vegas police also said that neighbors told investigators at the time that they had not seen the child in a few weeks.

The pair was facing child abuse charges after 25-30 welts were found on Francillon in 1985. According to an affidavit, Fleming admitted to causing the welts by whipping Francillon with a belt because he wet the bed at the babysitter's house.

Neighbors and friends reported still seeing bruises and welts on Francillon in July of 1986, the affidavit states.

In 1987, both Lester and Fleming were sentenced to at least 100 days in jail for lying to investigators during the investigation into the disappearance of her child, an affidavit states.

Detectives at the time were suspicious, but did not have enough at the time to prove or disprove Fleming and Luster's involvement in Francillon's disappearance, police add.

Detectives once again started investigating the case in 2017 when someone applied for a birth certificate in Francillon's name. While they later learned it was a case of attempted identity theft, they started looking back into the case and poured over the entire case file, police say.

They also looked into jail letters that had been ripped up into tiny pieces that had been exchanged between Fleming and Luster.

"With the assistance of the Hollywood PD, Boca Raton PD, and the Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, Fleming was located and arrested for open murder charge in Florida,” Ojeda said.

They add that they are still investigating the case. At this point, they do not know how Pierre died and they have not found a body yet.

The case was followed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The agency released an age-progressed photo in 2011, when Francillon would've turned 29 years old.

Court records showed Fleming did not fight extradition back to Nevada.