CINCINNATI, Ohio – A grand jury indicted a mother and boyfriend with child endangerment after a 3-year-old was allegedly shot in the pair's apartment Dec. 16.
Tuesday’s indictment of Cordero Warren, 24, and Ebony McDavis, 28, stems from an original story where the two told police that L'eah Johnson was shot in the buttocks during a neighborhood gun battle while Warren was carrying her outside their Tacoma Avenue apartment in Avondale.
By Dec. 19, Judge William Mallory reported that the child may have shot herself with Warren’s gun.
"I was told (by police) that the baby was sleeping on the floor and the gun was placed on the floor near the baby and went off and shot the baby," Judge William Mallory said at the arraignment for the boyfriend, Cordero Warren.
"It didn't happen outside, or when someone was taking out the garbage ... it happened within the four walls of that bedroom," Mallory said.
Cincinnati Police District 4 Captain Mike Neville added McDavis and Warren used a nearby shooting inciden t in an attempt to cover-up the shooting of L'eah.
McDavis eventually admitted to making up the story during subsequent interviews with police.
“It was an accident and she created an entire convoluted story for that reason,” Neville said on Dec 19. "She threw us off course to try to assist her child and that's unfathomable to me.”
The grand jury also indicted Warren on a long list of other charges that include one count of Assault, one count of Negligent Assault, one count of Tampering with Evidence , one count of Weapon Under Disability and one count of Falsification.
Warren faces 17 years in prison. Warren was already prohibited from carrying a firearm due to a 2009 drug trafficking conviction, court records show.
McDavis also faces one count of Assault, one count of Tampering with Evidence and one count of Falsification. If convicted, Davis faces three years in prison.
“It remains a mystery to me how a mother can constantly lie in order to protect a boyfriend when her baby has been shot. Prison is where both of these people should be residing,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters when he announced the grand jury indictments.
After the initial incident L’eah was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she was in critical but stable condition. The bullet travelled through her buttocks, through her abdomen and exited her body.