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Death penalty sought for former Quincy woman charged in son's death

Aushena Warren
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 10, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Nov. 10, 2019 12:06 am

PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors have announced their intention to seek the death penalty in the case of a former Quincy resident accused of drowning her 8-year-old son in 2017.

Court records show that the notice of intent to seek the death penalty was filed Thursday in Platte County Circuit Court in the case of Aushena Warren.

The case also was set for a jury trial for two weeks starting Sept. 21, 2020.

Warren, 32, faces charges of first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse and first-degree assault in the June 13, 2017, death of her son, Audrick Warren.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges Feb. 1, 2018, and her attorneys indicated that they plan to present a defense of mental disease or defect.

The indictment accuses Aushena Warren of drowning her son.

A probable cause statement in the case said police were called June 13, 2017, to a home in the 5800 block of North London Avenue in North Kansas City, where paramedics declared the boy dead.

Audrick's father and Aushena Warren's husband, Roderick Warren, a nursing home administrator in Kansas City, told police that he left for work about 7:30 a.m., leaving Audrick and his other son with their mother.

About 11:30 a.m., Roderick Warren said he received a FaceTime call from his other son saying he could not find his mother. Roderick said he returned home, where he found Audrick, wearing underwear and socks, lying unresponsive in a bathtub full of water.

Court documents allege that Aushena Warren left a note explaining how the "financial pressures the family was under was her fault and she did not think they made enough money." It further stated that she feared the children would be taken by the state and put up for adoption.

Aushena Warren jumped off the Bond Bridge in Kansas City just before 10 a.m. June 13, 2017. She survived the fall and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

She reportedly told detectives that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had not been taking her medicine. When asked who was left in charge of her children, she reportedly became emotional.

Aushena Warren continues to be held in the Platte County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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