Yasemin Uyar, the New Jersey woman who police said was abducted along with her 2-year-old son by the boy’s father, was found dead in Tennessee, her mother told CBS New York late Saturday night.
Uyar was 24.
Tyler Rios, the father of Sebastian Rios, was arrested early Saturday in Monterey, Tennessee, where the boy was found unharmed, said acting County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo and Rahway Police Director Jonathan Parham earlier in the day.
Rios, 27, was detained pending extradition to New Jersey. Karen Uyar told CBS that her daughter̵
Uyar was a doting mother struggling in a violent 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 involved in a tumultuous, over-and-over relationship since high school, but that Rios’ erratic and violent behavior seemed to have been on the rise in recent months.
Karen Uyar said her daughter had been given a restraining order after Rios had previously strangled her daughter and slammed her head into a wall. Yasemin Uyar had moved several times because she was afraid of him and was preparing to move again when she disappeared, her mother said.
Judicial records show that Rios was charged with aggravated assault and strangulation of a domestic violence and theft in 2018. He entered into a prosecution and was convicted of charges of domestic violence, according to a verdict handed down in February 2020. The strangulation charges of theft were dismissed. As part of the deal, Rios was sentenced to 180 days in prison and three years probation.
He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim and to attend anger management classes.
The court documents do not identify Rios’ victim, but the circumstances and timeline of his conviction are consistent with Karen Uyar’s account.
“She’s just such a sweet person,” Karen Uyar said of her daughter before her body was discovered Saturday.
Karen Uyar told NBC New York late Saturday night that Sebastian was “happy he’s playing right now. He is obviously confused and asks for mother. ”
NJ Advance Media journalists Susan Livio and Michael Sol Warren contributed to this report.
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