Yasemin Uyar, the New Jersey woman who police say was kidnapped by the boy’s father along with her 2-year-old son, was found dead in Tennessee, her mother told CBS New York late Saturday night.
Uyar was 24.
Tyler Rios, Sebastian Rios’ father, was arrested early Saturday in Monterey, Tennessee, where the boy was found unharmed, acting Union County prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo and Jonathan Parham, director of the Rahway Police Department, said earlier in the day.
Rios, 27, was being held pending extradition to New Jersey. Karen Uyar told CBS her daughter’s remains were in a wooded area after Rios told police where he had placed the body.
Uyar was a doting mother struggling in an abusive relationship, according to her mother, who spoke to NJ Advance Media on Saturday before her body was found.
Karen Uyar said the couple had been in a tumultuous, on-again, off-again relationship since high school, but that Rios’ erratic and violent behavior seemed to escalate in recent months.
Karen Uyar said her daughter was given a restraining order after Rios previously strangled her daughter and slammed her head against a wall. Yasemin Uyar had moved several times because she was afraid of him and was preparing to move again when she went missing, her mother said.
Court records show that Rios was charged with aggravated assault and strangulation of a victim of domestic violence and theft in 2018. He took a plea deal and was convicted of the domestic violence charge, according to a judgment signed in February 2020. thefts were denied. As part of the agreement, Rios was sentenced to 180 days in prison and three years of probation.
He was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim and to take anger management classes.
The court documents do not identify Rios’ victim, but the circumstances and timeline of his sentencing match Karen Uyar’s story.
“She’s just such a sweet person,” Karen Uyar said of her daughter before her body was discovered on Saturday.
Karen Uyar told NBC New York late Saturday night that Sebastian was “happy, he’s playing now. He’s clearly confused and asking for mommy.”
NJ Advance Media reporters Susan Livio and Michael Sol Warren contributed to this report.
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