PRESS RELEASE, 1/7/2014

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in shooting of 3-year-old child

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Cordero Warren (DOB 12-27-88) and Ebony McDavis (DOB 3-31-85) in the shooting of McDavis’ three-year- old daughter.  (Her daughter is identified in the indictment as “L.J.”) Warren is charged with 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 2), 1 count of Assault (Misdemeanor 1), 1 count of Negligent Assault (Misdemeanor 3), 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3), 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3) and 1 count of Falsification (Misdemeanor 1).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 17 years in prison.  McDavis is charged with 1 count of Child Endangering (Misdemeanor 1), 1 count of Assault (Misdemeanor 1), 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3) and 1 count of Falsification (Misdemeanor 1).  If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of 3 years in prison.

On December 17, 2013 the police responded to 3610 Tacoma Avenue in Cincinnati for a report of a shooting.  Cincinnati Police responded and found L.J. at the scene suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Children’s Hospital where she remains hospitalized today.

Warren and McDavis were living together at the residence on Tacoma Avenue with McDavis’ daughter.  Warren is charged in today’s indictment with possessing a loaded gun at the residence. This was the gun that fired and wounded the child.  Warren’s prior felony conviction for drug trafficking prevents him from legally possessing a firearm. 

Both Warren and McDavis are charged with Falsification for giving false statements about the incident. They initially blamed the shooting on random gunfire by unknown persons in the neighborhood.  Cincinnati Police were later able to determine that the child was actually shot in the residence of Warren and McDavis.  The tampering charge is based on the fact that the firearm that caused the injury to the child was disposed of and never recovered.  

Prosecutor Deters commented, “It remains a mystery to me how a mother can constantly lie in order to protect a boyfriend when her baby has been shot.  Prison is where both of these people should be residing.”