Parents of missing California City boys charged with murder

The parents of toddlers Orrin and Orson West, who disappeared from their California City home days before Christmas in 2020, were arrested and charged with their murder on Tuesday, authorities said.

Trezell and Jacqueline West, who adopted the boys, each face two counts of second-degree murder and willful cruelty to children, according to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.

Booked around 8 p.m., the Wests are now being held without bond, according to inmate records.

The Wests told investigators that Orson and Orrin — 3 and 4, respectively, at the time — were playing in the yard on Dec. 21, 2020, when they went missing, possibly wandering in the surrounding desert.

Volunteers and officers conducted an exhaustive search of the remote area, but found nothing.

Police quickly suspected foul play, according to KABC-TV Channel 7.

The outlet reported that authorities brought cadaver dogs to the Wests’ home and searched the yard.

The couple were also charged with one count each for false emergency reporting, according to court records.

An arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday in Bakersfield.

Los Angeles Times

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