• Mother crashed car into pole to prove to kids God is real, police say

    By: Tony Thomas

    Updated:

    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police say a mother intentionally crashed her SUV into a pole to prove to her two small children that God is real.

    Investigators say Bakari Warren, 25, told officers after the crash that she did it on purpose to show her kids that if they believe, God would protect them.

    The crash and the 5- and 7-year-old kids’ explanation were all caught on camera. 

    Police say Warren was driving northbound on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard when she crossed into the southbound lanes and drove head on into a concrete pole.

    Sitting in a police car, her children explained what happened before the crash.

    “You think she did it on purpose?” the officer asks.

    “Yeah because she turned. Her eyes was closed and she was saying, blah, blah, blah, ‘I love God,’” one daughter said. “She didn’t want us to just have a car accident. She wanted us to know that God is real."


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    Police say Warren told her children to buckle up their seat belts just before she accelerated into the pole. Warren was frisked and handcuffed right after she got out of the SUV.

    “When the officers asked the driver of the vehicle what had happened her first statement was to check her Facebook, and it would explain what happened,” Norcross police Sgt. Eric Butynski said.

    Channel 2’s Tony Thomas found nothing directly referencing the incident on what appeared to be her Facebook page, but police say she later gave the same reasons as her kids -- to prove that God will protect them. 

    No one was hurt in the accident, but officers say it could have been much worse.

    “It could have been a lot worse. It could have been heavier traffic at the time, she could have hit the pole at such an angle that she did more damage to the car,” Butynski said.

    Warren remains in jail on $22,000 bond. She is charged with two counts of child cruelty. 

    Thomas learned the children are now with their grandparents. 

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