McKinley Warren, 41, and Cindy Warren, 28 of East Stroudsburg, Penn. were recently arrested for the physical abuse of their 3-year-old son, Isaiah Warren. But now they’ve been charged with the murder of their two-year-old daughter, Jessica, back in December 2000. (Cindy, the girl’s stepmother, will be charged as an accomplice.)
First Jessica – The Warrens claim the girl fell out of their parked vehicle and hit her head. After Jessica’s death, police hit a roadblock while investigating a felony case since no witnesses came forward. Even though doctors found numerous cuts and bruises in varying stages of healing on Jessica’s body, they didn’t have enough evidence to make a murder charge stick. The break in the case came when police arrested McKinley for abusing his son. Not only were the bruises on Isaiah’s body similar to Jessica’s, but McKinley confessed during a taped police interview.
Jessica was the product of a short-term affair between Warren and her mother, Veronica Bock, who exposed her to crack in utero. Warren claimed that the crack-exposed toddler was unsteady on her feet and fell all the time.
Then Isaiah – The child had a handprint-shaped bruise on the side of his head, bruises on his torso, and horizontal cuts on his legs and feet, probably from a belt. Isaiah’s pelvic bone was bruised, probably because daddy or mommy dearest pushed him into a wall or a piece of furniture.
Isaiah’s worse injury was a large red abrasion stretching fom the right side of his neck to below his right ear probably caused by someone holding the boy suspended from his shirt collar or a possibly a cord or piece of rope. There’s also evidence that he had been starved and dehydrated.
Isaiah, his two older brothers and younger sister at home. After Jessica’s death, the children went to live with their aunt and uncle, Lisa and Steve Warren. A custody struggle ensued almost immediately, and Lisa and Steve moved to Indiana to avoid family strife. McKinley and Cindy were awarded custody again last year.
I understand why the police couldn’t arrest these two back after Jessica’s murder. But why did child protective services return Jessica’s siblings to these monsters? How many kids do you have to beat up and kill to get your kids permanently taken away from you?