Court documents give details of killing of 5-year-old in suitcase

The child was identified as 5-year-old Cairo Jordan from Georgia. He would have been 6 years old on October 24th.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, INDIANA, Indiana — A woman is facing new charges related to a young boy whose body was found in a suitcase in rural Washington County in April.

Dawn Coleman faces charges of murder, neglect of a loved one resulting in death and obstruction of justice.

A December 15 hearing will decide whether to hold her without bail. Coleman is currently being held in the White County Jail on $5 million bail.

NOTE: The video above is from the Indiana State Police press conference when the boy was identified and suspects named.

The child was identified as 5-year-old Cairo Jordan from Georgia. He was never reported to authorities as a missing child. He would have been 6 years old on October 24th.

Two felony warrants have been issued for 40-year-old Coleman of Louisiana and 37-year-old DeJaune Ludie Anderson of Atlanta, who is Jordan’s other.

Members of the San Francisco Police Department’s Tactical Unit and ISP arrested Coleman in San Francisco on October 19 on an out-of-state warrant.

An arrest warrant was issued for Anderson’s murder. She is currently still missing and is said to have last stayed in the Los Angeles area. Police searched for her in the greater Los Angeles area but have had no luck finding her.

Her last known whereabouts were at Echo Park in Los Angeles. However, police say she is known to travel and has recently been to San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Houston.

Anderson is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. In her last known photo, she had short, dark brown hair, but she is known to often wear wigs or hair extensions.

According to court documents, police used technology to fingerprint garbage bags in which the boy’s body was found along with the suitcase. The documents claim that the fingerprints matched Anderson.

13News learned that on March 12, 2022, Anderson was arrested in South Carolina on child endangerment charges, speeding over 25 mph and not stopping for officers. Police claimed the pursuit lasted 30 minutes before Anderson ran out of gas. Coleman was in the car with her and police said Anderson told them Coleman was her sister.

13News also learned that Anderson was arrested for shoplifting and assault in Louisville just under two weeks before the boy’s body was found. This incident happened on March 31st.

In court documents released Nov. 21, Coleman gives details of what she believes happened when Cairo was killed.

Coleman reportedly said she babysat Cairo after Anderson was arrested in Louisville. She claims that after picking Anderson up from jail, they went to live with a cousin in Louisville.

A few days later, Coleman allegedly told investigators she came into a bedroom to see Anderson on Cairo and the boy was lying face down on the mattress. Court documents claim Coleman told investigators “it already happened.”

Coleman then claims that there were already garbage bags in the room and that Anderson asked Coleman to help her pack Cairo’s body into the hard case from Las Vegas.

According to the court documents, Coleman alleges Anderson was talking about her son being possessed as they got in the car and then drove to Indiana to empty the suitcase. Coleman reportedly told investigators that she carried the suitcase into the woods and left it there.

Anderson and Coleman’s phones were pinged in Pekin, Indiana — not far from where Cairo’s body was found. Also, surveillance video from a property owner shows Anderson’s car pull up on the street where the suitcase was found.

Police said Coleman’s Facebook page showed her with the same suitcase in which the boy’s body was found.

Court documents claim Anderson’s Facebook page has pictures of Cairo and the pictures matched the boy’s autopsy photos. She also reportedly wrote about having to perform an exorcism on her son to eliminate a “very powerful demonic force.” She also reportedly made a post about telling her story in a book or podcast about living with a demonic child.

On the same day the suitcase was discovered, video allegedly shows Anderson’s car driving across the bridge from Indiana to Louisville.