Warren Amber Alert suspect to be set free on bond
A Warren Amber Alert suspect is expected to be set free from jail after appearing in Warren Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon.
James Stennett, 20, of Hazelwood Ave. SE is accused of taking his son after an argument with the child's mom last Thursday. The incident triggered an amber alert.
Stennett is facing charges of domestic violence and interference with custody. His family agreed to post $2,500 dollars bond for his release.
The mother of their child tells 21 News a facebook message that her boyfriend was protecting their son that day and should not face charges. She went on to explain the two got into an argument. She says "I was put in a choke hold, because I was smashing" items in the house.
In Warren police dash cam video, you can hear the voice of Kara Baker tell police that Stennett took off with their son.
"He said that if you guys tried to take him from him, you guys would either have to tase him or shoot him to get him. I know he's got a shot gun in his car right now," she said.
Stennett appeared in court on domestic violence and interference with custody charges Wednesday. His family agreed to post $2,500 dollars bond for his release.
Warren city's law director says they have all the evidence they need to move forward with the matter with criminal charges.
"She indicated that there had been violence, indicated that he had attacked her at one point, that she indicated that he was expecting violence should the police officers come after him," Hicks said.
Hicks says a gun was recovered in Stennett's vehicle, which validates some of her statements.
When police get involved- that is a time when domestic violence outreach organizers say victims start second guessing their decision to go to authorities.
"Maybe she's thinking about her children, she's thinking about finances like 'If I leave him, he's my sole supporter, what will I do now?," Alicia Williamson said, director of Someplace Safe.
Williamson says they often remind victims of domestic violence that their story matters. They show victims success stories to empower them with making decisions about changing their lives.
If Baker changes her story with police in this case, Hicks says he will charge her with making false statements to police.
Trumbull County Children Services is expected to follow up on the child's welfare. Stennett was ordered by the judge to not possess a firearm and report for probation Thursday morning.