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Bond denied for Durham mom accused of killing 4-year-old

Posted September 29, 2014

Armani Hodges (Family photo)

— A woman charged with beating her 4-year-old daughter to death was denied bond Monday – four days after the child was found unresponsive in their Durham apartment.

Jessica Warren, 27, was arrested Friday on a charge of first-degree murder after confessing to Durham police that she beat Armani Hodges, who died Thursday night.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Warren admitted causing the injuries – including broken ribs – that ultimately led to the child's death.

Lopez said social service workers were involved with the family.

Family members who attended Warren's first court appearance Monday, however, said she's innocent of the murder charge and that evidence will prove it.

They declined to elaborate on what that might be.

"We have two losses right now. The very serious one is the loss of a wonderful little girl," Warren's aunt, L'Tanya Geddie, said. "We have to be patient and trust and have faith that the truth will come out that justice will occur."

Officers responding to a cardiac arrest call at Warren's Falls Pointe Drive apartment found Armani unconscious around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

Efforts to revive the child were unsuccessful.


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  • 678devilish Sep 30, 2014

    Thanks judge for not allowing this mother to go free on bond. She do not deserve that after beating her child to death. What did she expect?

  • 678devilish Sep 30, 2014

    family is in denial because they wish it was someone else's family. But its their family and now they will have to deal with the consequences.

  • Donald Holder Sep 29, 2014
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    Aparently the DSS investigation didn't reveal enough to warrent removing the child. Just because DSS was involved doesn't mean the child shuld have been removed. Maybe the allogations were again the father.

  • LiveLifeToTheFullest Sep 29, 2014

    The photo of her Mother crying makes me want to puke. She's all tears now. Well what about all the tears that little girl cried as she was begging for her life?

  • USMC Vet Sep 29, 2014

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    She CONFESSED, and apparently because social services was previously involved with the family, there were irregularities being investigated in the home to begin with. How'd the relatives miss THAT!?!

  • dukie4ever Sep 29, 2014

    I can't believe a family member is saying that this woman is innocent after a confession........what world are you living in. This innocent child has lost her life and her mom has confessed...................what more is there to say???

  • newssaavy72 Sep 29, 2014

    If CPS was already involved, this precious little girls should have already been removed for her safety!

  • Sonja Yagel Sep 29, 2014
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    Why are these families are in such denial when their children do such terrible things. The first thing they say is "My child wouldn't do anything like that" when she has confessed to it already. Parents need to realize what monsters they has raised. Why didn't DSS remove this child before she was killed?

  • Janni Cone Sep 29, 2014
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    And that confession nonsense doesn't mean anything, apparently. Simply cannot understand how one human can do this to a child - let alone YOUR child.

  • shawn36003 Sep 29, 2014

    Throw away the key!