Search warrants from Teller County show North Carolina detectives suspect a missing 5-year-old boy was shot by a reputed polygamist and the child's body stuffed in a suitcase, according to KRDO-TV.
Vania Rae Sisk, 25, and her son, Jadon Higganbothan, 5, disappeared from North Carolina in February. Detectives in North Carolina said Sisk and a church group known as the Black Hebrews moved to Teller County.
Teller County deputies visiting the group on Feb. 23 said they took 10 children ranging in age from infants to 8-year-olds into protective custody with the Teller County Department of Social Services.
They did not find Sisk or Higganbothan.
Deputies said they found Sisk later that day at a Walmart, but not Higganbothan. Sisk told police she left Higganbothan in North Carolina with a friend on Feb. 20.
An informant told police in North Carolina that Peter Moses, the leader of the group, was angrily pacing the house in October 2010, called for Higganbothan, took him to the basement and turned on loud music, Then a gunshot was heard, according to the search warrants.
The informant told police he later saw the boy's body wrapped in plastic, stuffed in a suitcase, and placed in the attic of the home.
The warrants also said Moses gave Sisk a gun and told her to shoot a 28-year-old woman, which she did. Family members said that woman, Antoinetta McKoy, 28, disappeared.
Teller County officials said they did not know about the shooting allegations involving Sisk and McCoy until two days after they found Sisk.
The religious group, including Sisk and Moses, reportedly left Teller County Sunday after renting a U-Haul trailer, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
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