Mother of Murder Suspect Freed from Custody

Mother of Murder Suspect Freed from Custody

Lisa Burton booking photo

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento woman accused of helping her son cover up the murder of a six-year-old child in May 2015 was released from jail on Friday, February 2, 2017 on her own recognizance.

Juan Rivera

A court date hearing is slated for next month to set a trial date in the death of Jadianna Larson. At a preliminary hearing in January, Lisa Burton, 48, faced a single count of accessory after the fact.

Prosecutors say she took the keys to her boyfriend’s vehicle so that her son, Juan Rivera, 27, could dispose of the child’s body in rural Glenn County.  The child’s charred remains were found the next day.

Burton has been held in Sacramento County custody for nearly two years. She refused her speedy trial rights at the January hearing, as her attorney argued that she should be freed or allowed to post bail.

With time credits earned in jail, Burton was close to the maximum amount of time she could be held in custody. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White granted Burton’s release with an order to return on March 24, 2017, along with orders to stay away from the victim’s mother, Tanecia Clark.

Jadianna Larsen




Rivera reported the child missing on May 27, 2015, while he was babysitting her at the apartment complex where Burton also lived. He called police and said he suffered from seizures and when he awoke, Jadianna was missing.

Prosecutors allege that Rivera had sexually abused the child and then struck her with a blunt object killing her. He then loaded her body into the car and disposed of the remains. Rivera faces a murder charge in this killing.

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