Mother of missing boy allegedly shot by cult leader skips court appearance

Vania Sisk, the mother of missing 5-year-old boy boy Jadon Higganbothan, didn’t show up for her court date in Durham, NC Tuesday morning.

NBC17.com reports:

Sisk was supposed to face a Durham County judge on an unrelated misdemeanor marijuana charge. Sisk was supposed to face a Durham County judge on an unrelated misdemeanor marijuana charge. After everyone was called Tuesday morning, the judge said those that didn’t appear would be under arrest.

Meanwhile Sick’s 6-year-old son and 28-year-old Antoinetta McCoy remain missing.

According to search warrants obtained from the Teller County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado by NBC-17, a confidential informant told Durham police that Jadon and McKoy were killed.


The missing boy is feared dead after an informant told police that the leader of a polygamous cult shot the boy in a fit of rage:

ABC News says:

The boy’s mother, Vania Sisk, also may have shot and killed a woman, Antoinetta McKoy, who hasn’t been heard from since December, according to a search warrant.

Sisk is part of a group called the “Black Hebrews,” according to police. Jadon lived with her and at least eight other adults in a house in Durham, N.C. At least nine other children lived with the group, which was led by Peter Moses.


Neither Moses or Sisk has been charged with any crime related to the disappearance of Jadon or McKoy.

An ex-member of the group alleges that Moses, 27, grew angry with the Jadon in October of last year.

Moses “had grabbed a gun and began pacing angrily around the house,” according to a search warrant.

Moses then called for the boy to come to the basement of the house. That was the last time the informant saw the boy alive. […]

The ex-Black Hebrews member, who police have not identified, also said Sisk killed a woman attempting to flee the group. Antoinetta McKoy ran out of the Durham home and flagged down a woman driving by a few weeks ago, according to the warrant.


After McKoy got into the woman’s car, two members of the group walked to the car and told the driver that McKoy was okay, the warrant said. They escorted McKoy back to the Durham home.

“Once inside the residence, the two females began to beat Antoinetta unconscious,” the warrant reads.

Moses handed Sisk a gun and later told her to shoot McKoy, according to the warrant.

Moses then helped the Sisk and another woman remove the body, according to the warrant.

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This post was last updated: Mar. 8, 2011