The death of Peoria baby Benjamin Sargent is making national news. I have talked to three people today who started crying while I explained what police are saying happened. The idea of this happening to a child is horrific.
Here's the story:
Disturbing new information came out in court this afternoon about the infant who was found dead in Peoria last Tuesday. 21-year old Tracey Hermann and 23-year old James Sargent were denied bond today. They both face first-degree murder charges for the death of their son, Benjamin Sargent.
Prosecutors say for eight days 5 month old Benjamin was left in the same clothes, and had not been moved from his car seat that was placed in a crib.
He died of sepsis and starvation.
Police say Hermann left Benjamin with his father when she went out of state to meet a man she met on the internet. Police say James Sargent has a criminal record and did not take care of his son. He called police when he discovered the baby stopped breathing.
Public defenders were assigned for both Hermann and Sargent. Prosecutors say they have a two-year old daughter who is living with Hermann's brother and his wife. State's Attorney Kevin Lyons says he plans to file a case to make sure Hermann no longer has custody of that child.