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BUTLER, PA – Police have arrested a 20-year-old man for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s toddler.

Last Tuesday, police were called to a business on a report of an unconscious child in a car. When they arrived, officers found 43-year-old Kristen Herold with 4-year-old Bentley Miller, who was bleeding and unresponsive.

Herold told police she had picked the boy up from a Super 8 Motel where he lived with her son, 20-year-old Keith Lambing, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Mackenzie Peters.

The couple also has a 4-month-old together, but Miller was not Lambing’s biological son.

Herold said she was taking Miller to his biological father when he fell unconscious. Miller was rushed to the hospital where he would be pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Miller died of severe blood loss due to sodomy, and had bruises to the head, trunk and extremities that were consistent with the boy being forcibly held from behind. He also had a severe burn to his left hand that had not been treated.

Lambing was the only one watching the boy when he received his fatal injuries, and was charged with the rape and murder of Miller. He was apprehended on Wednesday after police found him and his mother hiding in the attic of an abandoned home.

Bentley Miller

Lambing is facing charges of criminal homicide, rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.

He has past charges including shoplifting, burglary, criminal trespass, conspiracy, terroristic threats and harassment. With his latest charges, Lambing could be looking at the death penalty – something prosecutors say they may be seeking.

“I have never seen anything like it in 22 years as an attorney,” said Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger. “It’s unimaginable that somebody could actually do this to any human being let alone a 4-year-old.”

Lambing’s mother was also arrested and charged with helping her son avoid police as well as child endangerment.

But that’s not all… just this morning the dead boy’s mother was also charged with child endangerment in connection with the untreated burn injuries on Miller’s hand and the fact that drug paraphernalia was found inside the motel room the couple lived.

The couple’s four-month-old son has been placed in protective custody.

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