5-year-old shot by polygamist sect leader, search warrant says

A 5-year-old boy whose mother belonged to a polygamist sect that relocated briefly to Teller County, Colorado was killed by the mother’s boyfriend last year in Durham, N.C., an informant told Durham police.

The sect is known as Black Hebrews, but it is not yet clear whether it is connected to other groups that use the same name.

The Gazette reports:

The informant also told Durham police that the boy’s mother, former Colorado Springs resident Vania Sisk, 25, shot and killed another member of the sect during an attempted escape a few weeks ago, according to a Teller County Sheriff’s Office search warrant issued Feb. 25.

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office was asked by North Carolina authorities to help find Sisk and her son, Jadon Higganbothan. Sheriff’s deputies visited a rented home at 205 E. Ridge Drive near Woodland Park several times last week.

On Feb. 23, Teller County social services took 10 children living in the home into protective custody at the request of North Carolina authorities. Nine adults also were living in the home, but Sisk and her son were not at the home when deputies visited.

Deputies found Sisk that day at the Woodland Park Wal-Mart, where she had used a debit card.

Her son, however, apparently never made the trip to Colorado when the sect fled North Carolina after police began investigating “suspicious activity” in mid-February at the crowded Durham home shared by members of a church known as Black Hebrews, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported.

The News & Observer says:

The informant also said two women beat McKoy unconscious after she flagged down a passerby outside the house, where Moses, Sisk, McKoy and others lived until recently. Moses then ordered Sisk to shoot McKoy, and he, Sisk and LaRonda Smith carried her body outside and buried her, according to the search warrant. […]

Sisk’s family members and a Colorado detective say the individuals involved belong to some sort of home-based religious group called the Black Hebrews. They apparently lived together at 2109 Pear Tree Lane, in the brand new Wyndmoor at the Park subdivision, until recently.

An aunt who helped raise Vania Sisk said Moses kept her niece from contacting her family after she left Colorado and came to North Carolina in 2009.

Denise Garing, of St. Paul, Minn., said her niece moved to Durham from Colorado 2 1/2 years ago with Moses and multiple women and children.

“They all had to work, because [Moses] didn’t work,” Garing said. […]

A recent e-mail from Vania Sisk told family members to stop calling and said the group was going to move to the country and store up guns for a world-ending race war, she said.

A black supremacist wing of the Hebrew Israelite movement believes Jesus Christ will soon return and kill whites, Jews, homosexuals and others, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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