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You don't drop a child of ANYWHERE without doing it person to person. Dropping one off strapped in a car unattended is bad enough, but this is ridiculous. These morons need to be strapped in a car seat and starved to death. I know I'm sounding like old fogies did when I was young, but it seems to me like the US is turning into a "video game playing, non responsibility accepting bunch of half wits". I just want to choke both of these morons with my bare hands. This is torture and murder and they should never breathe free air again. I know kids get killed all the time, but this one particularly irritates the hell out of me.PEORIA, Ill. â€” A central Illinois couple faces first-degree murder charges in the death of their 5-month-old baby, who was found unresponsive in a car seat that had been placed in a crib.
Both Tracey Hermann, 21, and James Sargent, 23, appeared Wednesday in Peoria County Circuit Court in the death of Benjamin Sargent.
The charges state the parents' actions or lack thereof, were "brutal and heinous . . . indicative of wanton cruelty," factors that could mean they face up to 100 years in prison if convicted.
The 5-month-old was dropped off at his parents' house on Feb. 4, strapped into his car seat. Eight days later, he was found in the same position, said Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons during a bond hearing for the parents.
"He died from starvation due to neglect from these two defendants, his parents," Lyons said. "It's the worst case of child neglect we have seen since the turn of this century."
Sargent said virtually nothing, during a 20-minute hearing before Peoria County Circuit Judge Glenn Collier. Hermann told Collier her attorney was in Hawaii so she requested a court-appointed lawyer. (more at link)