Mom charged in son's death made cult abuse claims

February 7, 2010 10:35:49 AM PST
A woman charged with murdering her 8-year-old son in a luxury Manhattan hotel was once detained by police in Wyoming after claiming the boy was being molested by devil worshippers. Cheyenne Detective Tom Hood told the New York Post that Gigi Jordan wrote letters to a sex crimes investigator more than two years ago saying that her autistic son was being abused by a cult.

Hood says that when she flew to the area, they detained her for psychiatric evaluation but then released her. An examination of the boy showed no signs of abuse.

The boy was found dead Friday. Police said it appeared he died of a drug overdose in a murder-suicide attempt by Jordan.

Jordan's ex-husband says he's shocked by the accusations and she appeared to be a devoted mother.