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The brothers, 3 and 4, “looked thin and one had a bruise on his neck” before disappearing in the “double murder,” says grandma

TWO boys allegedly killed in a double homicide looked thin and one had a bruised neck before disappearing, their grandmother claims.

The revelations about toddlers Orson and Orrin West come after The boys’ adoptive parents were arrested on Tuesday.

Orson West (pictured) and his brother were reported missing in December 2020

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Orson West (pictured) and his brother were reported missing in December 2020Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
It was announced this week that Orson and Orrin (pictured) are presumed dead

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It was announced this week that Orson and Orrin (pictured) are presumed deadCredit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Trezell and Jacqueline West filed missing persons reports in California City on December 21, 2020, claiming the boys were last seen playing in the backyard of their home.

“I knew something happened to them as soon as they were reported missing,” the boys’ birth grandmother Brenda Pettus told The Sun exclusively this week.

Despite massive searches in Southern California following their disappearance, investigators say the boys’ bodies have not been found.

“We try to take it one day at a time,” Pettus said of her family.

She told The Sun that the Child Protection Service (CPS) took the brothers away from their biological parents when they were 3 and 4 years old right after birth.

As her family awaits word from the police on the investigation, Pettus wonders what could have been done to have avoided the tragedy.

“For CPS, they have to take the right precautions and get the right parents to take care of the kids,” she said.

“You don’t have to give children to old people to get rid of them. These are babies. They needed a place to stay, but CPS doesn’t care.”

Some of her concerns stem from what she said appeared to be injuries to one of the boy’s bodies.

“There was a bruise around the neck. Why didn’t CPS investigate this?” said Pettus.

“Why didn’t you notice that. He looked thin as if he hadn’t eaten. There was a scar.”

“It’s a baby, he can’t protect his little self.”

COMPLAINT FILED

Charles Pettus, Brenda’s son and Orson and Orrin’s biological father, filed a lawsuit against Kern County and the state California end of 2021.

He alleged in the lawsuit that child protection services acted negligently in taking his biological children away and placing them with a couple away from friends and family.

The Wests, who adopted the boys, gave an interview after they disappeared.

The couple said they searched the neighborhood after realizing the boys were missing.

In a 2021 interview, Jacqueline West said: “Everyone draws their own conclusions. They know nothing.”

“It’s difficult. We’re going through it.”

Her four other children, two adopted and two by birth, were placed in protective custody, police said at the start of the investigation.

ADOPTIVE PARENTS FEES

A grand jury this week indicted the boys’ adoptive parents, Kern District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer told reporters.

“This morning I am saddened to report that the inquest has concluded that Orrin and Orson West are deceased,” she said.

“The inquest also found that they died three months before their adoptive parents reported them missing.”

Investigators have not released any information about this, which has led to the conclusion that the boys are no longer alive.

“You didn’t ask to come into this world to be treated like that,” the boys’ grandmother said.

“For delivery to dogs as imagery.

“I think they have to keep an eye on this system. It needs to be sharpened.”

Police said the Wests were both charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of willful cruelty to a child.

They also face a misdemeanor for falsely reporting an emergency and could face 30 years to life in prison, the district attorney said.

Trezell and Jacqueline West both pleaded not guilty at a court hearing Thursday. KGET reports.

The judge ordered her to be held without bail.

Trezell West in court on Thursday

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Trezell West in court on ThursdayCredit: AP
Jacqueline West in court Thursday

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Jacqueline West in court on ThursdayCredit: AP
Her adoptive parents Trezell (left) and Jacqueline West (right) were arrested

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Her adoptive parents Trezell (left) and Jacqueline West (right) were arrestedPhoto credit: ABC23

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