Corpus Christi Woman Indicted for Kidnapping Children
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jada Gregg Warren, 32, of Corpus Christi, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Corpus Christi on charges that she kidnapped two minor children from their foster home, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Warren is the biological mother of the children but had lost her parental rights in November 2014.
The two-count indictment was returned today. She is expected to make an appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future.
Warren was originally charged in a criminal complaint filed Aug. 20, 2015. She Warren was arrested in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, Dec. 16, 2015, and both children were with her. Warren has since been returned to federal custody in Corpus Christi and the children have been returned to the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS).
The criminal complaint alleged 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.
If convicted, Warren faces not less than 20 years and up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 5 years of supervised release.
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.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.