Det knyter sig i magen när man läser ibland

lördag, 23 Feb-08

Jag läste Aftonbladets förstasida idag och fick se en rubrik ”Lät sin baby svälta till döds”. På grund av någon slags morbid nyfikenhet klickade jag in och det jag läste fick det att knyta sig i magen på mig.

parents.jpgTvå praktarslen, Tracey Hermann och James Sargent, (bild till höger) har lämnat sin fem månaders baby, Benjamin Sargent, i åtta dagar i en stol och struntat i att ta hand om honom. Barnet svalt till slut ihjäl och hade vid vid dödstillfället svåra frätskador av bajs och urin på underkroppen. Föräldern inom mig blir först helt kall av obehag, sen förtvivlad och sist rasande när jag läser det där. Bilder av min egen son, desperat gråtande, hungrig, ledsen, desperat, törstig, med intorkat svidande bajs i blöjan och till sist, döende helt ensam och rädd svischar förbi.

benjaminsargentvo71.jpgTitta på bilden till höger. Det är Benjamin Sargent, hur kan man låta en sådan plågas till döds? Det kan inte vara så enkelt som Aftonbladet skriver, att dom bara slappat och spelat tv-spel under tiden. Det måste finnas en bättre förklaring. Jag får borra lite i det här.

Så här inledde åklagaren förhandlingarna:

On February 12, 2008, Peoria Police responded to a call at 3012 W. Proctor Street in Peoria. Found dead and strapped in a car seat that had been placed in a crib was 5-month-old Benjamin Sargent. The defendants are his parents. Benjamin was wearing a blue snow suit. It was zipped up. The temperature in the room was near 80 degrees.Benjamin’s eyes were open, his hands were clenched in a fistlike position and, although dead, his eyes were staring straight ahead. Police investigation and medical and pahtological examination would reveal that Benjamin had been strapped into this car seat and had not left it in eight days. All waste and urine had collected beneath him and his buttocks, legs and back were eaten into by the resulting poison. Some aste left in benjamin’s colon revealed resulted in constipation because it could not be pushed out of his body due to starvation.

James Sargent was present at the house and, when interviewed on that day, and again on February 18, his answers to questions confirmed for police that Benjamin had been returned to the residence on february 4, 2008, by a grandmother and he was in the same car seat, wearing the same snow suit, and confined in the same manner as when he was found dead eight days later. A person who ‘stayed’ with others in the garage of the defendants told police that he was the one who observed Benjamin in the car seat, and on the living room floor, and that it was he who found this odd and so, he placed the child (while in the car seat) in a baby crib in a bedroom. The house was kept in an outrageous condition with nothing in its place, food left out and spoiled, and belongings scattered everywhere. Clothing, articles, spoilage, and debris were stacked everywhere around the house.

James Sargent told police he ”thought” he had maybe moved Benjamin once or twice during the eight-day period but, upon further questioning, he conceded that he may not have been moved at all. The person from the garage tells police that Benjamin was found just as he had left him eight days earlier. The ‘mother’ was in Iowa, where she had gone to see a male boyfriend she found over the internet. She told police that caring for her baby Benjamin was not her duty and that it was James’ responsibility. Before heading to Iowa on the day before Benjamin was found dead, Tracy Hermann said she looked at the baby in the crib and presumed he was sleeping so she said she stuck a bottle between the baby and the side of the carseat so that he woke up he could grab it and feed himself if he was hungry. In case the court missed it earlier, Benjamin Sargent was five months old. Tracy Hermann also has a daughter, almost 3, who Tracy Hermann seems to have ‘given away’ to a family member.

A shelter care hearing on that matter now pends in the circuit court because I am also seeking to remove her permanently and forever from any contact with Tracy Hermann. Preliminary examination of Benjamin Sargent’s body showed that he weighed 10 pounds, suffered from sepsis in the blood and tissue, was without proper liquid and food and that he died from starvation due to neglect by the two defendants who stand before you, Tracey D. Hermann and James E. Sargent.

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2 svar to “Det knyter sig i magen när man läser ibland”

  1. XP Says:

    Dödsstraff. Dåliga människor som Herman och Sargent tar man bort så de aldrig mer kan skada någon annan. Samhället måste ha rätt till nödvärn.

  2. hanubabbel Says:

    Jag är en inbiten motståndare till dödsstraffet, så jag kan inte hålla med dig. Dessutom vet vi ganska lite om föräldrarnas mentala hälsa och eventuella begåvningshandikapp, missbruk, etc.

    Världen är inte så svart och vit som man kanske kan ledas till att tro. Det är gråskalor överallt och i en värld av gråskalor funkar det inte med ett straff som dödsstraffet. Det är aldrig så enkelt som att någon är ond och måste tas av daga.


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