Mother involved in Amber Alert case in Warren says original complaint was ‘a whole bunch of lies’

Mom involved in Amber Alert case in Warren says original complaint was 'a whole bunch of lies'

WARREN, OH (WOIO) - James Stennett, the man at the center of an Amber Alert last week out of Warren, returns to court Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect’s court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Stennett is charged with interference with custody and domestic violence stemming from an April 18 incident.

Mom involved in Amber Alert case in Warren says original complaint was 'a whole bunch of lies'

Stennett is accused of taking his two-month old son, who he doesn’t have custody of, from the boy’s mother Kara Baker.

James Stennett, 20, is accused of assaulting the mother of 2-month-old Jasper Stennett mother before fleeing with the child.
James Stennett, 20, is accused of assaulting the mother of 2-month-old Jasper Stennett mother before fleeing with the child. (Source: Provided photo)

Police records indicate before the child was taken there was a fight between the parents. Baker told police Stennett threatened her, physically abused her and was known to travel with a weapon.

The child was found unharmed after hours of searching. A gun was recovered from the vehicle Stennett was driving.

Baker is now telling CBS affiliate WKBN-TV that the original police complaint was "a whole bunch of lies and false statements".

Prosecutors released dash camera footage they said supports the action law enforcement took. The audio and video evidence are of Baker talking to authorities after her son was taken.

In the footage Baker is heard saying, "He (Stennett) ended up leaving with the baby, and I have no idea where he went."

Baker is also heard saying, "He (Stennett) said that if you guys try to take him (son) from him, you guys will either have to taze him or shoot him to get him. I know he's got a shotgun in his car right now.

Gary Hicks, Warren’s Law Director told WKBN-TV, "At this point, I believe she was telling the truth as to how this happened.”

Hicks told the TV station if Baker does try to change her story, he'll consider charging her with making false statements.

Hicks said many times victims of violence change their stories out of fear.

“They start feeling remorse and start recanting. And afraid either one, they’ll lose that support or that love, or that the person will retaliate in some other manner to them,” Hicks told WKBN-TV.

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