Couple plead guilty to child endangerment, but murder charges dropped in case of missing infant twins

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's office announced that a couple has entered guilty pleas on eight counts of child end...



The San Joaquin County District Attorney's office announced that a couple has entered guilty pleas on eight counts of child endangerment, but has insufficient current evidence to charge them in the death of their twin children.  

Today, Aaron Weddles, 42, and Canez-Walker, 34, entered the pleas to related to the couple’s overall neglect, abandonment, and failure to protect and provide for their eight children, whose ages ranged from one month to 12 years of age. In exchange for their pleas today, Weddles and Canez-Walker were sentenced to 15 years and four 4 months in state prison.
In addition, but independent of the plea, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed two counts of murder (Penal Code section 187) against Weddles and Canez-Walker citing the insufficiency of the evidence to prove those two criminal charges. 
The listed victims in the murder counts are Defendants’ twin children, a boy named Ren and a girl named Setina, who were born in April of 2016. As of this date, the whereabouts of both children are still unknown.
In this case, however, there is insufficient evidence to prove that a death occurred, that the death was by homicide, and that the Defendants are the perpetrators. This lack of evidence has forced the District Attorney’s Office to dismiss these charges.
"The loss of these two precious children is a tragedy and should have never happened," District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement.  "As a community, we are each responsible to stand up and protect our children, together we can ensure their safety by reporting incidents and giving a voice to those who need us most.”
The District Attorney’s Office and Stockton Police Department continue to plead with the public for help in locating these two children.

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