When police started searching for the family of a two-year-old who was abandoned behind a church, they found his mother and older brother murdered in their apartment.
George Rogowski, of Cheektowaga, New York just happened to be outside in his backyard Friday afternoon, when he saw a red car pull through the parking lot of the Union Road United Church of Christ. After the car left, he heard screaming.
Rogowski said he looked over the fence and saw a little blonde boy in a stroller, screaming and crying, just left out in the hot sun. He called 911, then stayed with the child until police arrived.
“I begged the police I said please hurry, hurry this boy is all alone and screaming,” he said.
A cell phone belonging to the child’s mother was also reportedly left with him.
Later that afternoon, police discovered the bodies of the little boy’s mother, Raina Voll, 30, and her other son, 7-year-old Leo Kilinger inside their apartment at the Kingswood Apartment Complex. WIVB News reported they were both strangled.
Police have arrested Voll’s boyfriend, Shane Stevenson, 31, and charged him with two counts of second degree murder, and is being held without bail. Stevenson pleaded not guilty Friday morning. He is scheduled to appear in court again September 22.
Leo Klinger was in the second grade in the Depew School District. Raina Voll worked at the Olive Tree Restaurant in Lancaster.
When Voll didn’t show up for work for her 4pm shift, her friend and co-worker Heather Serwon, called her cell phone. The call was answered by police, as it had been left with her 2-year-old at the church – which gave police the information they needed to go check the apartment.
Police came to the restaurant about 8:30 pm to let Serwon know they had found Voll murdered in her apartment. Serwon said she had met Voll’s boyfriend (Stevenson) once and he “appeared fine… but you never know somebody.”
Stephen, Voll’s 2-year-old who was abandoned at the church, is now being cared for by his biological father.
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