Allen Reeve Sargent
27, 2007 - February 12, 2008
A Grave Memorial
on August 27, 2007, Benjamin Allen Reeve Sargent
would be a child who was not wanted by his mother and not cared about
to be taken care of by his father or mother when he needed them the
is it possible that in this day and age where
unwanted children can just be given over to hospitals, there are still
children out there who die at the hands of he people God has
to take care of the most innocent of all people among us? What kind of
evil does it take to allow a child, a five month old baby to sit in a
in his crib for eight days until that child literally dies of
What kind of evil does it take to allow a five month old to cry for long
at about 9:30 pm so that she could go to work:
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and not tend to his needs?
What kind of evil does it take
to feed yourself,
play video games, shower and go about your day and ignore a five month
old baby who needs just the basic things in life to survive? A little
of attention to this beautiful little boy was all that was needed.
got little to nothing from his mother, who never wanted him in the
place so she never showed any signs of being a mother at all. Benjamin
got nothing from his father either. Both of these people failed to give
Benjamin an chance in life. If a person doesn't want a child, there are
ways to prevent one from being born. Not
wanting a child is
not an excuse
for abusing or neglecting a child.
On February 4, 2008, in Peoria,
Illinois, Rose Sargent
was taking care of her
five month old grandson, Benjamin Sargent. Rose
dropped Benjamin off with his
"I left at 9:30 p.m. that
night. I got him
ready for bed, changed his diaper, put some ointment on
his bottom and
gave him a bottle. He wanted to be rocked so I rocked him, gave him
bottle and then his dad put him into the crib without the car
and covered him up with a blanket.
Then I left because I had to go home
and get to sleep because I work third shift."
his "mother", I use that term lightly, was
in Iowa meeting a man she met on the internet. She claimed that she was
not responsible for Benjamin and that his father should have been
out for him. Tracey claimed that before she left she had checked on
and she found him asleep so she put a bottle between him and the
so he could eat when he woke up.
days later, on February 12, Benjamin would
be found in his crib, still strapped into the car seat, wearing his
suit, eyes open, fists clenched, sitting in his own waste in a room
was 80 degrees. James Sargent, who was 23 at the time and Tracey
who was 21 at the time,
were both arrested.
“Benjamin died from
starvation due to
neglect from these two defendants, his parents. It’s the
worst case of
child neglect we have seen since the turn of this century.”
Kevin Lyons, Peoria County State’s
and Tracey are being held on first degree murder
charges, without bond. Why should they be bonded out? Their child was
to death and put through total agony before he died. Benjamin, who
eight pounds at birth, only weighed ten pounds upon his death. Why
his grandmother notice that he was thin, why didn't anyone who came
contact with his baby boy notice that something was not right?
reacted to the death with shock and horror.
Some said they were aware that things were not right in the household,
they just didn't know it was as bad as it was. If they knew something
not right, whey didn't they contact anyone? Why is that SO many people
have the ability to help in situations like this and they NEVER
"The parents had been acting
for about a few days before. They were outside and
they were walking up and down the
the woman was standing outside with no coat,"
Dorothy Davis - Neighbor
say they didn't even know that a baby lived
in the house and some wonder what they grandparents are thinking about
all of this and how they are feeling at the loss of Benjamin:
"I think if one of my kids
would be this evil,
because that's what it is how, would I feel and I
wonder how do those parents feel."
Mary Moore - Neighbor who didn't
grandfather of James Sargent said that he thought
his grandson had truly love his son. When speaking to his grandson, he
says that James was crying and he didn't know if they were tears of
or of self pity. The grandfather says that he is shocked by what has
Sargent was picking up flower arrangements left
over after the funeral service for Benjamin. She said that James and
had been fighting a lot, but, she thought they were taking care of the
baby. She said that the two had seemed like good parents:
"I saw my son sing to him, play
with him. I've
seen her holding him and playing with him."
also spoke of that last day:
"I took him and I bought him a
I bought him some food and some formula and
some A&D ointment because he
a little rash. I don't know what happened when I left.
He was in his bed, not his car
spoke of a dark side she felt her adopted son
"He suffered from depression
since he was a
freshman in high school. They diagnosed him
with ADHD and bi–polar and he has
at Zellar (Mental Health Center)
when they had it."
neighbor said that the couple would allow
trash to pile up outside of their home and they can't believe they
neglect their child as well:
"Who would do it, who would let
just live like that"
couple also has a three year old daughter, Natalie
Grace, who has been removed from the custody of the family and is
in foster care.
old online post from Tracey said that she would
prefer to die stating she would like her death certificate to read,
by misadventure." Rose says that unfortunately, that is the fate her
"I'm going to miss the smiles
21, 2008 brought a court date where both
of these people were facing up to 100 years. Kevin Lyons was not sure
he was going to ask for the death penalty, which would apply in this
In Illinois the death penalty can be used as punishment for crimes
by those over the age of 17 and crimes committed against those younger
the age of 12. Kevin Lyons would have about two months to make this
hearing lasted about 20 minutes and during that
time, James sat with a blank stare on his face and Tracey said that her
lawyer was in Hawaii and she would like a court appointed lawyer. Judge
Glenn Collier ordered that the two be held without bond. A second court
date was set to allow Kevin Lyons to present further evidence that
two people should not be let out on bond, before trial.
two people had the nerve to plead not guilty
to the charges against them. They will be in court on May 5, 2009.
is buried in the Parkview Cemetery in Peoria
James Sargent found
guilty of first
degree murder in death of his son
April 29, 2009
Sargent acted in a heinous and brutal
way when he failed to care for his 5-month-old son last year, failing
bathe, change or feed him; actions that ultimately resulted in the
death, a judge ruled Wednesday.
only a 10-minute break after the
conclusion of the three-day trial, Peoria County Judge James Shadid
Sargent, 24, guilty of first-degree murder. Additionally, the judge
any notion that Sargent acted recklessly or was in over his head when
was caring for Benjamin Sargent.
held the South Peoria man's actions
from Feb. 4 to Feb. 12, 2008, were "brutal and heinous . . . indicative
of wanton cruelty;" legal factors which mean he faces up to 100 years
sentenced June 25. He would have to serve 100 percent of any sentence
with credit for time already served, about 15 months.
he had put his son into his car and
sped down toward the mall at a high rate of speed, and crashed, that
be reckless," Shadid said. "In this case, you put (Benjamin) into a car
seat and left him without care for eight days. That's not reckless."
Years For Baby's
September 14, 2009
Hermann admitted in a barely audible
tone Monday she made a disastrous "mistake" last year when she and her
former boyfriend allowed their 5-month-old son to go without food and
in his own waste for several days, which eventually caused his death.
23, of 3012 W. Proctor St. apologized
to everyone in the courtroom, saying she believed that her plea to
murder and subsequent sentence of 50 years would allow her son,
to finally have "justice."
said little during the unscheduled
plea hearing, speaking mostly from a prepared statement after Peoria
Circuit Judge James Shadid had passed sentence. Hermann will have to
100 percent of her sentence, meaning that with about a year and a half
spent awaiting trial, she will get out of prison when she's 72.
were in the courtroom, save the parties
involved, Hermann's parents and reporters. The hearing lasted only
25 minutes and lacked the shock and the gruesome testimony that
in April when the infant's father, James Sargent, was found guilty
weeklong bench trial.
sentenced to 100 years in prison,
the maximum, for his son's death.
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