Mother of missing baby describes abuse in protective order filed against father, claims man buried baby’s body

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Janna Rivera

INDIANAPOLIS (June 2, 2015) – A protective order filed by the mother of missing three-month-old baby Janna Rivera alleges the woman’s boyfriend repeatedly abused her.

It also claims the man buried the baby currently at the center of a massive search across Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police continued their search Monday after combing through a landfill over the weekend. They have not yet found the baby’s remains. The child is presumed dead.

According to the order filed Monday by the child’s mother, she’d left her boyfriend, Jeffrey Fairbanks, at home with her children while she was at work. When she returned home, Fairbanks wasn’t there, according to the protective order. “He said she’s dead, when he came home, and he had buried her,” she wrote in the protective order.

IMPD confirms the woman told them about the Fairbanks’ claim concerning burying the child. They searched a location southeast of Indianapolis in Shelby County but didn’t find anything.

The order said the abuse against her started two years ago and that Fairbanks had a violent episode about every month. She didn’t know exact dates because “there have been so many incidents.” She said Fairbanks has pushed and choked her in the past.

“I believe he is a threat to my safety,” she wrote. “I did not call the police in the past because of his threats. He always made me afraid,” the protective order said. “I need this order to protect myself and my children.”

2013 mug shot of Jeffrey Fairbanks

2013 mug shot of Jeffrey Fairbanks

This isn’t the first time Fairbanks has been accused of domestic violence. According to court documents in Hendricks County, he faces a domestic battery charge in connection with a 2013 case involving his then-wife.


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