Corpus Christi Woman Charged with Kidnapping Children
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on charges that she kidnapped two minor children from their foster home, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Jada Gregg Warren, of Corpus Christi, is the biological mother of the children but had lost her parental rights in November 2014.
Warren was arrested in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, Dec. 16, 2015, and made an initial appearance in Eagle Pass, Texas, today. She is expected to be transferred to Corpus Christi federal court in the near future. At that time, she will face the kidnapping charges as well as a possible revocation of supervised release that she was serving for a drug trafficking conviction from 2014.
At the time of the arrest, the children were with her. They have been returned to the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS).
The criminal complaint alleges that Warren had taken the children from their foster home on Aug. 19-20, 2015. She had allegedly made statements about committing the crime just two days prior.
The children were discovered missing on the morning of Aug. 20, 2015. Several items of clothing had allegedly also been taken. The complaint further alleges that a car she co-owned had a tracking device which indicated it was in Corpus Christi on Aug. 18, but in Mexico two days later. Her Facebook page also indicted she was in Mexico on that date. At the time of the alleged kidnapping, Warren was serving a 36-month-term of supervised release following a federal drug tracking conviction.
On Nov. 6, 2014, a judge in Bexar County had terminated Warren's parental rights and placed the children in the custody of CPS.
The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Corpus Christi Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad W. Cowan is prosecuting the case.
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
Updated February 4, 2016