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OMG! Another sad story

The FoxNews Headline called my attention to this story, but when you get to the actual story, you have to read all the way to the second-to-last paragraph to find the key piece of information:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,331732,00.html

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I found it to be an amazing story.A How could not one, but two, parents completely forget about and leave alone their 5-month baby in the car for 8 days so that he died there ??? :o :( !?A The detail at the end that they were playing video games may quite possibly be an important factor, but it is hard to tell now with so little information.A This is one story that I would definitely like to learn more about when additional details become available.

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They didn't leave him in the car. He was in the carseat in his crib. This was the caption under the pictures of the two on the FoxNews Headline page: "Cops say Illinois parents Tracey Hermann, 21, and James Sargent, 23, left their 5-month-old boy alone to die in car seat for 8 days while pair played video games." Initially there was a large blue headline at the top of the page that said something like "Baby died while parents played video games" When you think about it, what else would cause a couple to completely ignore their baby for EIGHT DAYS!? Drugs or alcohol, perhaps, but the story doesn't mention drugs or alcohol, just video games.

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Thank you for the correction as I read the article too quickly and a bit carelessly. I agree that something is seriously wrong but although the article did not mention drugs, alcohol or anything else like that, it does not mean that some other things like that will not turn up later to be important factors in addition to whatever effects resulted from playing video games.A However, regardless of the reasons, I still find it very hard to believe that both parents would neglect their child like that.

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:'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

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As awful as gaming addiction is, I just feel there had to be something else going on here...meth? Cocaine? wow, breaks my heart...

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A longer, somewhat more detailed article regarding this is at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23262198/.A Please be forewarned that there are some written details that are somewhat gruesome.A Some of the more pertinent additional pieces of information are:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tracy Hermann also has a daughter, almost 3, who Tracy Hermann seems to have 'given away' to a family member.

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Wouldn't it be ironic if I got a child placed with me from video game addict parents? hmmm... makes you go hmmm... Their poor three year old daughter... what a mess... My heart just breaks over that little boy dying in a mess like that.... :(

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Sounds like the mother did not live there with the father, and the baby was there alone with the father most of that time. Beginning to make a little more sense.

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,331732,00.html PEORIA, Ill. AC/a,!aEU A central Illinois couple faces first-degree murder charges in the death of their 5-month-old baby, who was found unresponsive in a car seat that had been placed in a crib. Both Tracey Hermann, 21, and James Sargent, 23, appeared Wednesday in Peoria County Circuit Court in the death of Benjamin Sargent. 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. "He died from starvation due to neglect from these two defendants, his parents," Lyons said. "It's the worst case of child neglect we have seen since the turn of this century." Sargent said virtually nothing, during a 20-minute hearing before Peoria County Circuit Judge Glenn Collier. Hermann told Collier her attorney was in Hawaii so she requested a court-appointed lawyer. Collier ordered the two held without bond pending a hearing Friday, when it is expected that Lyons will present more evidence as to why the two should not be released pending trial. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said Wednesday the baby weighed 10 pounds when he was found by police. He was nearly eight pounds at birth, she said. Reading from a prepared statement, Lyons said police found the infant sitting in his own waste, all the while strapped into the seat which was in a crib. 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.

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How terribly sad. It makes me wonder how much more of this is out there that have yet to be reported...

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