Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Baby Grace is Riley Ann Sawyers

Woops! I'm a bit late with this update, but just in case there is someone out there who does not know, or someone reading this who wonders why I haven't updated, this is the most recent news of that little girl whom the Galveston Police called, Baby Grace.

The police are now almost certain, according to this report on 26th November, that Baby Grace is two year-old Riley Ann Sawyers.

ABC News

"Kimberly Ann Trenor, 19, and her 24-year-old husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler, both of Spring, Texas, are being held in connection with the 2-year-old girl's death on charges of injuring a child and tampering with evidence. The two remain in custody in Galveston County jail, each on $350,000 bond.

After Sawyers died, Trenor said in the affidavit to the Sheriff's Office, Zeigler covered the child in a purple towel and the pair then went to a Wal-Mart to purchase items to hide and dispose of the body, including a blue plastic container, bleach, a shovel and latex gloves.

According to the affidavit, Trenor said Zeigler hid the container with the remains in a storage shed for two months before the pair tossed the container into the water off Galveston Causeway.

Meanwhile, Sawyers' father and grandmother publicly wept Monday as they demanded justice in the child's "heinous" death."

It is so sad that the person who should have loved and protected little Riley Ann was responsible for her suffering and death, according to the reported details of the affidavit attributed to Riley Ann's mother, Kimberly Ann Trenor. If Kimberly and her husband are found guilty, which seems likely, I hope they both get sent to prison for life with no prospect of parole.

Rest in peace now, little Riley. No more suffering.


Isabelle said...

Hi Anna,

Do they still have the death penalty in Texas?
I am against the death penalty..but with this case i am not so sure anymore!
I think it depends on the crime they have committed.

R.I.P Riley Ann..

Anna Silvestro said...

They do still have the death penalty in Texas, the state which has executed most people since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

At the moment the Supreme Court has imposed a country-wide moratorium on capital punishment. So none being carried out, until research has been carried out on whether death by lethal injection, as most states use it, breaches the Eighth Amendment and is, "Cruel and unusual punishment."

Isabelle said...

Hi Anna,

The lethal injection is the most cruel sentence they carry out in the death penalty, however most man on death row have committed grewsome and horrible crimes which you can't even comprehen...I have no compassion for child killer,peadophiles or even parents for that matter..who brutely savaged children before they killed them..on the otherhand i will never forget this 16 year old girl who killed a man to protect her little brother..she been sentence the death penalty..see the difference Anna? That girl should never ever have put on death row..but unfortuntely this girl was black and from the slums of Texan city.

I hope you understand my point of view.

Anna Silvestro said...

Isabelle, I do understand your point of view. I am, in principle, totally opposed to the death penalty. In practice, when I hear about brutal child killers and men who savagely rape and murder, it is hard to hold onto that principle.

What a terrible miscarriage of justice to sentence that 16 year-old to death. It's just as bad as sentencing a woman who has been a victim of violence for years, who finally turns and kills her abuser.

Isabelle said...

Hi Anna,

Yes it is and because of cases like Rodney Reed and that 16 year old girl maybe It would be better not to have the death penalty as a miscarriage of justice wouldn't have such an impact..

Its more or less a dilemma and not easy to make a quick decision..For or opposed...??

Anna Silvestro said...

I think one of the best reasons for not having the death penalty is that you cannot bring back the person who is later proved to have been innocent. There must have been quite a few of those over the years.

Isabelle said...

No after the deed is done you can't bring them back when prove shows that person didn't commit the crime...The only thing what they do is sweep it nicely under the carpet and let the nation carry on believing he/she was guilty.