1 Mother of abandoned 'Baby Angelica' stabbed to death in Jamaica
The mother of “Baby Angelica,” the infant found abandoned in a Toronto parking garage stairwell in 2008, has been killed in Jamaica. Her husband, who was criminally convicted of abandoning the baby, is in custody, a seemingly violent conclusion to a parenting saga from hell.
With the clock hands approaching midnight and a New Year on the horizon, 39-year-old Stephanie Warren of Toronto, mother to “Baby Angelica,” was stabbed to death — allegedly by her Jamaican husband, Alphonso Warren, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The couple is infamous for having repeatedly faced allegations of mistreating their children in Canada and abroad. The mummified remains of a later child of the couple, a 2-year-old known as “Baby Joshua,” were found in 2012, zipped inside a suitcase in the Warrens’ inner-city Kingston, Jamaica, home.
Jamaican police were called to the couple’s apartment around 11:20 p.m. this New Year’s Eve to investigate a domestic dispute.
It was around that time Thursday night that Stephanie Warren was stabbed with a knife, according to a Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) press release. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Alphonso Warren remains in custody for questioning.
The police investigation is ongoing.
A JCF communications official confirmed to the Star on Sunday that the couple are the same Warrens who were arrested in Jan. 15, 2012, after the decomposing body of “Baby Joshua” was found in their home.
The tale of “Baby Angelica” gripped Toronto back in January 2008, when the infant was found freezing in a North York parking garage stairwell. Police would later charge the parents with child abandonment. She was eventually adopted, as were the couple’s three other children – all under 6 at the time – who were taken into custody by Children's Aid officials after “Baby Angelica” was found.
Both parents pleaded guilty to abandoning their baby. Alphonso was convicted criminally and given a 22-month jail sentence, but granted two-for-one credit for the 11 months he served in pre-trial custody and released. Stephanie Warren, who obtained a bachelor of science degree from the University of Toronto, was found guilty under the Ontario Child and Family Services Act and ordered to pay a $300 fine.
The Warrens would move to Jamaica later in 2009.
Both parents were back in police custody by 2012, after they were criminally charged with concealing the death and failing to bury the body of their 2-year-old son, known as “Baby Joshua.”
On Sunday, Canada’s foreign ministry confirmed that a Canadian citizen died in Jamaica, but would not comment further, citing privacy concerns.
“Canadian consular officials in Jamaica are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family as needed,” Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Rachna Mishra wrote in an email.
By:Michael Robinson Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Jan 03 2016