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Two mothers accused in ‘horrific’ child abuse case in Kitsap County

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From left, Amanjot Jaswal, 28, and Shannon Smith, 41, were in Kitsap County court Friday facing criminal mistreatment charges.

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Kitsap County prosecutors on Friday accused two mothers of standing by and doing nothing while the father of their 12 children allegedly beat, starved and sexually assaulted the kids.

The two mothers, Amanjot Jaswal, 28, and Shannon Smith, 41, were in court facing criminal mistreatment charges Friday. Both pleaded not guilty.

Court documents say the children ranged in age from infant to 13.

“These children were held against their will, denied nutrition, denied medical care, and physically and sexually abused,” said Scott Wilson, of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s one of the worst cases of abuse we’ve ever seen.”

It appears, between them, the two women had 12 children, and all were fathered by Melford Warren.

Detectives believe Warren kept the family in a house in a quiet Port Orchard neighborhood. According to court documents, he often denied the children food, and locked them up for days in the attic or a bathroom.

Police say Warren also beat the children with sticks or bats, and sexually abused and raped them. Police accused the two mothers of covering the crimes up.

Officers were initially tipped off to the case when a social worker at a Tacoma hospital noticed suspicious injuries on one of the infants.

“This is just bizarre and it’s not making sense,” said Monica Jaswal, the sister of Amanjot, who she describes as a dedicated and loving mother. “I’ve known my sister all my life and none of this I can say about her.”

But prosecutors call her life with Smith and Warren as “cult-like,” and she described herself to police as a breeder for Warren.

On Friday, a judge released Amanjot Jaswal from jail, but kept the bail at $50,000 for Smith.

Warren was arrested Thursday in Florida and is being extradited on $5 million bail, and facing child rape charges.

Detectives are still looking into the possibility that there could be other young victims in other states.

All of the children found in the Kitsap County home have been placed in protective custody.

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  • Carrie

    And please make sure CPS immediately stops welfare checks!!
    In fact, make them pay back the millions they have scrounged off the state!!

    • JMG

      Carrie, I agree with you completely. Hopefully parental rights will be terminated. As for punishment, there’s a rope, shock, gas, needle, and a hunk of lead to the head. All are proven to work and work well. Choose one and use it like now. They have no business on earth. Or if thats ‘too harsh’ (spare me) then toss them in general population and ‘let it slip’ to a well known blabbermouth why they are there. Good ol’ jail house justice will prevail.

  • wowjustwow

    To bad he can’t be prosecuted in Florida….he’d never see the light of day again. Washington will sentence him to a “special offenders unit” where he will make macaroni pictures for a couple years, talk about his “feelings”, and then be dropped on society again.

  • Frank D.

    This is typical of that area…I worked over in the Bremerton area during the construction of Submarine Base Bangor and I have never seen so many pregnant 13 year olds. Maybe it is because of the Navy and the poverty levels there. But the West side is not a place where I would want to settle.

  • today was a good day

    Karen, I couldn’t say it better! All of these adults should never be released ever!!! they should all get charged for attempted murder.. REALLY!! they aleady killed these kids inside and out. They will have a long healing process and may never even get better at all and land back out here doing it to other kids or their own. People dont die and come back from the dead and if they do, it is a blessing from god!

  • marlene p

    Just want to say to the family that sold me washer /dryer thru Craigslist was mean and cruel taking almost my entire pention for machines that don’t work. Plus ur a military family. Shame on you!!!

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