Archive for April 9th, 2009

Remember the case of murdered Baby Grace in Galveston, Tx. Originally thought to be a missing child, she was later identified as Riley Sawyers. Her mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor, is serving a sentence of life in prison without parole for her role in the child’s murder.

In Ohio today, a mother was released from jail. Her son, Trustin Blue died of severe injuries in January 2006. She left him with her boyfriend, Lamont Hunter despite court orders against it.

Mother of murdered child freed

A year after she was sent to prison when her boyfriend beat her 3-year-old son to death, Luzmilda Blue was freed Wednesday, causing her to beam and dance and clap her way down courthouse halls.

She’s all smiles today, but hopefully she’ll never forget Trustin,” Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Seth Tieger said.

Trustin Blue was raped most of his life by his mother’s boyfriend, Lamont Hunter, until Hunter beat the 3-year-old to death in January 2006. Hunter was convicted in the boy’s death and now sits on Ohio’s death row.

Blue, 33, was convicted last year of child endangering in connection with her son’s death. Blue left her child in Hunter’s care knowing he’d abused Trustin in the past. The child was taken from her because of the abuse but was returned after she took parenting classes.

Common Pleas Judge Charles Kubicki Jr. sent her to prison for four years but said he would let her out early if she got in no trouble behind bars.

Read more about his story here, Brutal death ended life of pain and fear

Note: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


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Ernie Allen, President & Ceo, the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children,(NCMEC) recently spoke to the United States House Of Representatives, Committee On The Judiciary, Subcommittee On Crime, Terrorism.

In his speech he mentioned three missing child cases all of whom were murdered by sex offenders.

In recent years, millions of Americans have followed with horror the devastating stories of Jessica Lunsford, Sarah Lunde, Jetseta Gage and others. These tragic cases have generated anger and indignation nationwide, and epitomize an area of great concern: how to effectively track, register and manage the nation’s convicted sex offenders.

John Evander Couey, was sentenced to death in the rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica in Florida. She was believed to have been buried alive.

Sarah Lunde was a 13-year-old from Ruskin, Florida. She was strangled to death in April 2005 by David Lee Onstott, her body later dumped in a pond. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Roger Bentley is serving two consecutive sentences of life in prison without parole in the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage. She was raped, beaten and suffocated with a plastic bag around her head.

Her killer has not been identified but many have asked after the death of Sandra Cantu, what can be done to protect our children specifically from sexual predators.  Some attempts have been made by legislators on the federal and state levels but with minimal impact. Both these pieces of legislation were met with resistance by many states including California.

Mr. Allen had this update on the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act”.

Title I of the Adam Walsh Act is commonly referred to as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The Sex offender Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking (SMART) Office is authorized to determine whether a jurisdiction has substantially implemented SORNA or to grant an extension of the deadline. A jurisdiction must submit materials about its registration program to the SMART Office. The Adam Walsh Act permits jurisdictions to apply for up to two one-year extensions. The deadline for submitting extension requests is April 27, 2009.

Currently, there are no jurisdictions listed on the SMART Office webpage as having achieved substantial compliance. Seventeen jurisdictions are listed as having been granted a one-year extension to July 26, 2010 (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Guam, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, Quileute Tribe, Santee Sioux Nation, and South Carolina).

The Jessica Lunsford Act (summary)

  • Increase the penalty for lewd and lascivious molestation of a child to life in prison or a split sentence of a mandatory minimum 25-year prison term, followed by lifetime supervision with electronic monitoring.
  • Increase, from 20 to 30 years, the period of time before a sexual predator is allowed to petition to have the sexual predator designation removed.
  • Increase sexual predator/offender registration and reporting requirements.
  • Sexual predators who murder their victims now qualify for the death penalty in capital cases.
  • Designate failing to re-register as a sexual offender/predator or harboring or assisting a sexual predator/offender a third degree felony.
  • Require those already convicted of sex crimes to have electronic monitoring for the remainder of their probation.
  • Require all county misdemeanor probation officials to search the sexual offender registry when a new offender is assigned to them.
  • Has your state passed the Jessica Lunsford Act? You can find out here.

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