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Tracey Hermann, 21, and James Sargent, 23 may not be good parents

Discussion in 'Crimes Against Children' started by Pirelli Jones, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Pirelli Jones

    Pirelli Jones Active Member

    While the cause of death has yet to be determined and no visible signs of trauma were noted the parents of a 5-month old found dead on 2/12 have been arrested on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

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  2. ells9824

    ells9824 Active Member

    These wonderful people have now been charged with first degree murder.

    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.

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  3. ells9824

    ells9824 Active Member

    During the eight days the baby was strapped in the seat, both Hermann and Sargent were home, "playing video games, watching TV, feeding and caring for themselves," Lyons said.

    Lawyers in the state's attorney's juvenile division have begun proceedings to permanently remove Hermann's 3-year-old daughter from the home. That child was staying with another family member but is now in the care of Department of Family and Children's Services.


    I have never seen 2 parents look so cracked out at the same time in my entire life.
    I'm just sayin'.
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  4. Rotten Apple

    Rotten Apple Trusted Member

    OMFG! :eek: That guy looks like Dr. Spock's illegitimate son!
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  5. taintfutcha

    taintfutcha Well-Known Member Bold Member!

    more info

    Prosecutors are calling it a horrific case of child abuse.

    Today they charged the parents of a 5-month-old Peoria boy with first-degree murder. 21-year-old Tracey Hermann and 23-year-old James Sargent are accused of gross neglect and starvation of their baby. Last week Sargent called 9-1-1 from the family's Proctor Street home in Peoria. When rescue personnel arrived they found the baby unresponsive seated in a car seat placed inside a crib. Investigators now believe the child had been strapped in the car seat without food or water for eight days.

    States Attorney Kevin Lyons said the room was about 80 degrees when the baby was fgound. The boy was wearing a snowsuit and held in the car seat by a rope. He said there are times "when crying yourself to sleep no longer works, and you cry yourself to death." Tracey Hermann has another child, a three year old girl. The state is moving to have that child permanently removed from Hermann. Because of the age of the Benjamin Sargent, both James Sargent and Tracey Hermann, are eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Lyons has 120 days from the time Sargent and Hermann are indicted to make that decision.

    Here is a copy of Peoria County States Attorney Kevin Lyon's statement to the court: 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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  6. Morbid

    Morbid Big Daddy Yum Yum Staff Member

    Damn. I was all for the death and torture of these two people, but now that I have seen them it is completely understandable. He is obviously retarded and she is the Boogeyman.

    I cannot believe I completely missed this post. We should put it up front.
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  7. impqueen

    impqueen Libertine Enchantress Bold Member!

    I already did. With thanks to Pirelli Jones, ells, and Kathy.

    See, i just rule a little faster than you do, that's all. :D
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  8. ells9824

    ells9824 Active Member

    Baby Ben

    You deserved better,kid.
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  9. impqueen

    impqueen Libertine Enchantress Bold Member!

    more recent one of baby Benjamin..


    and here are the parents and little Natalie before the parents went totally batshit on meth or whatever.
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  10. ells9824

    ells9824 Active Member

    Not for the weak of heart or stomach...
    the case file


    Not my responsibility ... I have not the words.
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  11. Morbid

    Morbid Big Daddy Yum Yum Staff Member

    Yeah, taint posted it a few posts up. The way that kid died was horrendous.
  12. ells9824

    ells9824 Active Member

    I see it now.I didn't get far enough in to see it was included. I can't read giant posts with out paragraphs. My ADD won't let me.:rolleyes:
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  13. michelle

    michelle Well-Known Member

    Dehydration & starvation...
    Like a little concentration camp day care.
  14. impqueen

    impqueen Libertine Enchantress Bold Member!

    Just wanted to stop in and say "hey" to all of you who are reading this thread right now. Please feel free to register and say what you wanna say :)

    Also, we do have an article on the front page of the site, here: http://www.dreamindemon.com/2008/02/21/tracey-hermann-james-sargent-suck-at-parenting/

    If you're interested in commenting there, we'd love to have you. The registration is fairly simple, and we welcome new voices.

    Thanks for coming, and stick around!

  15. nurseronda

    nurseronda Trusted Member

  16. TheLittleFriend

    TheLittleFriend Trusted Member

    Good. I'm glad.
  17. ImmortalOne

    ImmortalOne Trusted Member

    Best possible thing to ever happen to that little girl. Hopefully now she can get a family to great family to adopt her and show her what it is like to have a real family. Damn wish I could sign up.
  18. Countess Olenska

    Countess Olenska Nice Asshole Bold Member!

  19. petrina

    petrina Trusted Member

    its a toss up betwen this story and the one about the couple who were collecting children and animals... these stories are tied for my "wtf" award of the week. i mean... how can you just like not look up from your video game when your mom brings over your kid and then oops n shit forget to feed him or touch him for EIGHT DAYS. eight days. eight days. in the same carseat. no food. no water. no touching. no love. its unfathomable. we all understand the feeling "maybe the baby will sleep for another 30 minutes and i can sleep/get this done." but eight whole days. wtf.
  20. ImmortalOne

    ImmortalOne Trusted Member

    That is what we all had to be asking ourselves as this story came across. It is completely fucked up and there is no possible reason how people could just forget a baby for eight entire days. More over, if it took the other fucktards more than 3 weeks to starve that set of twins.... Can you seriously imagine what really went on while that baby was left in his car seat to just die? *sigh* On this case, the entire household should be brought up on charges, and the grandparents too.. as if i remember correctly they just dropped the child off inside the front door and left without anything else. I may be wrong about the later.
  21. Mandella

    Mandella Member

    I hate these fuckers. I've said so on the front page, but now that I'm trying to wade around in the forums, I wanted to express that HERE.

    Fuck you, James and Tracey. May you rot in hell.
  22. Silvahalo

    Silvahalo Bite My Seraphim Sass

    Update On Sargent/herman Case

    I've been following this story since the beginning, it always makes my haert break. Apparently Sargent's attorney is requesting that a "mental" evaluation be done on this fucktard...I can sum it up easily, he's Fuckn' evil. Both M-Fuckers need to die a slow painful death.
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  23. Silvahalo

    Silvahalo Bite My Seraphim Sass

    These evil bastards did not forget, they wanted their innocent baby to die. I prayed for their deaths after first reading this terrible story. Now all I can think about is the slow torturing lives they will lead in prison...I can't wait. I can't express the contempt I have for these pieces-of-shit. Evil, sick bastards.

    When they do finally die, Hell will be there resting place of eternal damnation and misery.:mad2:
  24. nurseronda

    nurseronda Trusted Member

    It should be made a law that if you are found mentally challenged because you have killed someone, You die....plain and simple. Bet there would be less killers found mentally challenged. :whistle:
  25. Silvahalo

    Silvahalo Bite My Seraphim Sass

    Trial rescheduled for the two bastards who starved baby

    I"ve been following this case from the beginning...this is the case that brought me to dreamindemon...I just want these vile, sadistic, bastards to die.
    ...then an eternity in hell.
  26. Silvahalo

    Silvahalo Bite My Seraphim Sass

    Bastards trail gets rescheduled yet again...


    As I said before, this case brought me to D'D...still haunts me today.
    I'm sure most of us feel these sick fucks would have to be mentally unstable to do what they did to baby Benjamin...problem is, some sick fucks are completely aware of what they do and just don't care; they're more demented then mentally unstable. Looks like Sargent just might get a mental illness plea with some history of mental illness. Hermann on the other hand, hell, I wish they'd pass her on to me. I'd be glad to see her unfit mentally & physically after I'm done with her....wicked bitch she is.
    Look at his sweet face, who could hurt him? who could kill him?...
    Sargent & Hermann that's who....just die bastards.

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  27. Peeperann

    Peeperann Veteran Member

    Holy Christ, I just have no words right now..............
  28. Silvahalo

    Silvahalo Bite My Seraphim Sass

    Remembering Baby Benjamin Sargent ~ Feb-12-2008

    It was one year ago today, February, 12, 2008, when a little body, soon to be known as Baby Benjamin Sargent, was found dead. This is the case that brought me to dreamindemon. I remember reading everything I could find on it, desperate to understand how two "human beings", could simply chose to ignore and let die a 5 month old baby. I cried for him as I held my own baby boy who was born only 4 days prior to Benjamin.

    Baby Benjamin had been left in that car seat for over 8 days and eventually succumbed to starvation and dehydration. His "mother and father", Tracey Herman and James Sargent, listened to their baby cry for days and ignored him. What kind of monsters can do this? Most parents can barely stand to allow their 5 month old baby to cry for 10 minutes and these bastards allowed Benjamin to cry for days.

    Benjamin weighed 10 pounds when he passed, 2 pounds more than he weighed at birth. This leaves me to conclude that this was not the first time Benjamin had gone without food. There are conflicting reports of exactly how the last 8 days of Benjamin’s life unfolded. Some reports state that he was found exactly how he was left by his grandmother when she dropped him on Feb. 4th, 2008. However, the grandmother, Rosemary Sargent, claimed she dropped Benjamin off after taking him shopping, but only after she changed him and put him in his crib. Accounts from a man staying in the garage of the home state that he noticed Benjamin was still strapped into the carseat wearing a snowsuit in the middle of the living room. He claims he found this odd and then placed the carseat, with Benjamin inside, in the crib. Something doesn’t add up, but what we do know for sure is that the result was little Benjamin’s death.

    The full truth of Benjamin’s last days is likely to never be known, but we do know this…the signs of neglect were ignored and this precious baby paid the ultimate price.

    In his last days, baby Benjamin sat in his own waste, starving, dehydrated and scared beyond any recognition that anyone of us can imagine. On the eight day, his lifeless body was found dead. He's eyes were open, staring straight ahead, with his fist clenched. It is so very difficult to think of the fear, loneliness and physical anguish this child felt in his final days; feeling unloved, feeling unworthy of the smallest amount of affection or care.

    Benjamin, I know in the heavens you are treasured and loved in the way you always deserved. You will not be forgotten little one...kisses.


    As of today, this is where the jury trail is set for May, 4th, 2009.
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  29. Lizard

    Lizard Veteran Member

    This case makes me feel dirty for living in the Midwest.
  30. Dakota

    Dakota FORUM BITCH / Beloved Cunt Bold Member!

    This case makes me feel dirty for living on the same planet as those excuses for human beings.