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Informant: Polygamous Cult Leader Shot and Killed Jadon Higganbothan, Boy Missing Since October

Ex-Black Hebrews member tells cops leader killed boy, ordered woman's death.

ByABC News
March 7, 2011, 5:10 PM

March 8, 2011 — -- A six-year-old North Carolina boy, Jadon Higganbothan, has been missing since October -- and is now feared dead after an informant told police that the leader of a polygamous cult shot the boy in a fit of rage.

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 informant told police that he "heard loud music and the sound of a gunshot," according to the warrant.

Moses allegedly wrapped Jadon's body in plastic and placed it in a suitcase, the informant told police. The suitcase was then put in the attic, according to the warrant.

Several days later, "The body began to stink and Peter Moses was asked to remove the body, which he did," said the warrant.

Sisk told Durham police that she last saw her son Feb. 20 when she gave him to an acquaintance. She has given police two different names for that acquaintance, police said.

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.