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Family of missing California City toddler brothers say they are being harassed

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 17:48:56-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — It's been nearly 7 weeks since 3-year-old Orson and 4-year-old Orrin West were reported missing from their California City home.

While authorities continue their investigation, the family of the toddler brothers speak out for the first time exclusively with ABC News Saturday.

Wanda West, the toddler's grandmother, told ABC News that the brothers' adoptive parents Trezell and Jacqueline West were "really good parents."

The Wests reported the incident on Dec. 21, 2020, telling authorities the boys disappeared while playing in the backyard of their home.

Since then, the "extended adoptive family" of the boys have endured a lot of harassment, according to a statement published by Jamal Watkins, Trezell West's oldest brother.

"What has continued is the alarming number of threats of physical violence (including death threats), intentional harassment and misinformation being perpetuated by groups ... and other individuals," Watkins said in the statement.

According to Watkins, these incidents have been ongoing since the boys were reported missing.

"This behavior being targeted towards the adoptive Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins of the missing boys is misguided at best because none of us are persons of interest or suspects in terms of the disappearance."

California City Police Chief Jon Walker confirmed Saturday that there are still no suspects or persons of interest named in the case.