Two 4 year old brothers Orrin West and 3 years old Orson Westwent missing on December 21, 2020. On Tuesday night, the brothers’ adoptive parents were arrested and charged with murder.
Trezell Phillip West35 and Jacqueline Gabrielle WestThe 32-year-old, previously charged with second-degree murder, intentional cruelty to a child and false reporting of an emergency, according to Kern County, California reservation records reviewed by Law & Crime.
The couple were arrested just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, following charges against them earlier that afternoon; Their first court appearance is currently scheduled for this Thursday, March 3, 2022.
Orson West and Orrin West have never been found. They were last seen playing near their home before disappearing without a trace.
“I don’t want my children to die, I want them to come home because my children are all I have.” Charles Pettusthe boys’ biological father, told Bakersfield NBC/CW affiliate KGET about 10 months after they went missing. “After my parents left, it was just me and my children.”
The children, birth name is Classic Pettus and Cincere Pettus, were removed from their biological mother’s home by Child Protective Services and adopted by the West family in September 2020. Three months later, they passed away. Their biological father said he got the news from the media – not from law enforcement.
“I was going through family members’ phones and then we watched the news, that’s how we found out,” Pettus told the broadcaster. “I didn’t know they even sent them to other people.”
On December 29, 2020, police said they believe foul play has occurred.
At the time the boys went missing, the adoptive father reported said he was collecting firewood while the two played outside. Trezell West is said to have tell law enforcement he went back inside the house briefly and returned to find the boys had disappeared. After that, you was reported to say He drove through the nearby streets and talked to his neighbors but to no avail. At around 6pm that same day, the children were reported missing to the police.
A series of law enforcement and community search efforts followed. The next day, the adoptive parents were brought in for questioning, KGET report. By Monday night, a search warrant was in effect at the West mansion, the parents’ truck was towed for a thorough search, and the FBI was involved in the case, the broadcaster said. speak. However, months passed with little progress.
In March of last yearThe Bakersfield Police Department has received the investigation from the California City Police Department. Many weeks laterThe BPD said it issued 44 search warrants, conducted 83 interviews and seized 170 items in an attempt to locate the boys or the person responsible for their absence – emphasizing that the incident did not not cold.
Details of the brothers’ apparent disappearances and murders are currently not being released. The Kern County District Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the case.
News of the arrest was welcomed by the boy’s extended family.
“Now the truth has been exposed, the truth has been exposed and this is the beginning of a long journey to justice and we will hold every last of them accountable!” cousin Rosanna Wills said in comments reported by KGET on Tuesday. “It was so much for our family, we lost loved ones this year and this is not good, we were looking for a different outcome but it was too much of a burden on our shoulders. us but now we have the answer, now we know who did it.”
[image via screengrab/KGET]
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