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Kansas City mom who attempted suicide charged in connection with 8-year-old son's death

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Aushena Warren is charged with abandonment of a corpse. (Platte County Jail) Aushena Warren is charged with abandonment of a corpse. (Platte County Jail)
Audrick Warren was found dead in a bathtub at his home. (Submitted) Audrick Warren was found dead in a bathtub at his home. (Submitted)

A Kansas City mother, who police say leaped into the Missouri River earlier this month trying to take her own life, is now charged in connection with her 8-year-old son's death.

Court documents say 29-year-old Aushena Warren was rescued on June 13. The very same day, her son was found dead by his father. Warren is now charged with abandonment of a corpse. Her bond was set at $25,000.

Her son, Audrick Warren, was found dead in a bathtub at their home. An autopsy determined he drowned, though he also had a bruise on his head.

Police were called on June 13 to the 5800 block of North London Avenue on a reported dead body. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Audrick Warren dead on the upstairs bedroom floor.

Audrick's father told police he left the home at about 7:30 a.m. to go to work. When he left, Audrick and his brother were asleep in their bedroom. Aushena Warren was the only other person in the home.

When Audrick's father returned home at about noon, he found his son lying unresponsive in a bathtub full of water. He was wearing a pair of underwear and Spiderman socks. He removed Audrick from the tub and call 911. 

Audrick Warren's grandfather, Eddie E.L. Warren, spoke to KHQA in Quincy, IL. He said he received a call from his son the morning his grandson was found dead.

"He began to say, 'Dad, I came home' because the 6 1/2-year-old FaceTimed him and said, 'Hey dad, I can't find mom,'" Eddie Warren explained. "He left his job, came home and found my 8 1/2-year-old grandson in the tub on his side."

According to court records, Audrick's father also found a note apparently written by Aushena Warren explaining how the financial pressures the family was under were her fault and she did not think they made enough money. She stated that she feared the children would be taken by the state and they would have to be given up for adoption due to the financial situation.

Audrick's brother told police his mother gave him and his brother "pink" medicine in the morning. He said he heard his mother running water into the bathtub for a long time. When he went into the bathroom, he saw his brother "asleep" in the tub full of water with a "red face and purple hands," court records state.

Audrick's brother also said he heard "a head bump" three times. He described the sound as the same sound he heard when he accidentally hit his brother in the head with a basketball a long time ago, court records state. When asked if he knew when his mother left home, he said, "she looked sad" and would not tell him she was leaving. She also left her cell phone at home. 

According to court records, Aushena Warren jumped 80 feet from the Christoper "Kit" Bond Bridge about 9:40 a.m. in what appeared to be a suicide attempt. She survived the fall and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. A fire department rescue team was training nearby and were able to rescue her.

Homicide detectives interviewed her with regard to jumping off the bridge. She told them she suffers from bipolar disorder and had not been taking her medications.

When asked where her children were, she replied "at home," court records state. When asked if someone was left in charge, she became emotional and detectives stopped the interview.

Aushena Warren was taken into custody on Thursday. 

Authorities state that Aushena Warren made no 911 call and did not attempt to contact law enforcement or medical personnel with regard to the drowning of her son.

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