Mental health defense denied for Sargent:
You can read my original posts on James Sargent and Tracy Hermann here.
They were the pair of Breeders who left their 5-month-old baby son, Benjamin Sargent, alone in his carseat in his crib for 8 days without feeding him or changing him or checking on him. According to a witness they were busy “playing video games, watching TV, feeding and caring for themselves.”
Benjamin Sargent was found in the same clothes he was dropped off at the house it with his eyes open and his fists clenched. Both Breeders have been charged with murder.
More recently an insanity defense for Sargent has been rejected. Sargent’s attorney contended that Sargent has a “dissociative disorder.” According to the good doctor Sargent retreats into the fantasy world of Lord of The Rings.
However the shrink that saw Sargent said that was only part of what led Sargent to ignore his own child.
The doctor testified the dissociation could explain some of what happened when the infant died after going without food or water for eight days in mid-February 2008, noting a baby’s cries are difficult to ignore.
“Either he (Sargent) is either deaf and blind or an utter psychopath. There’s no evidence of either,” Killian said.
So on that basis the judge thankfully rejected that defense.
Sargent is looking at 20 to 100 years behind bars and his trial is set for April 27th.
Hermann’s trial is set for May 4th.
Last I heard they were both blaming each other.