SPOKANE, Wash. – Dozens gathered Wednesday night outside the Spokane County Courthouse to protest a judge’s decision to allow an accused child murderer to go home with his wife and children while he awaits trial.
Joshua Mobley is accused of killing 9-month-old Caiden Henry while he was babysitting the child. The decision to allow him to be released on bail has outraged the young victim’s family.
"We have faith in the system that we feel failed us, that failed Kaiden. And we have to say something today," said Kitara Johnson, Caiden's aunt.
Protests against Mobley's release go far beyond the gathering Wednesday night. Caiden's family has now started a petition that would change the process of bail in Washington and remove bail as an option for anyone heading to trial with enough evidence for arrest. As of Wednesday night, the petition already had 3,000 signatures. They are also working to strengthen state childcare laws to make childcare workers take behavioral tests to gauge their mental state.
Mobley is scheduled to go to trial in February.