Sparta man charged in rape of baby

There are 48 comments on the Sparta Expositor story from Dec 11, 2008, titled Sparta man charged in rape of baby. In it, Sparta Expositor reports that:

A 24-year-old White County man was arrested Monday in Cookeville and charged in the rape of a 4-month-old boy.

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“I never said I was purrrfect !”

Since: Dec 07

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#1 Dec 12, 2008
How sick does a person have to be to do this? Person....who am I kidding....more like animal. Even animals don't rape their babies.
deZengo

Sparta, TN

#2 Dec 13, 2008
Prison & Hell :: Welcome

I cannot think of anything positive to say and my true feelings on such a horrific act need not be said. The man will pay whether in this lifetime or the next, but what of the child. What type of permenant damage does something like that do? My prayer goes out to the child and family!
Policemans - wife

Cookeville, TN

#3 Dec 15, 2008
The sad thing is this baby is going to have to have a colostomy bag possibly for the rest of its life and the low life pieces of crap who did this to it will suffer nowhere near the amount of pain this poor baby will. Its really a heartbreaking situation.
Punishment

AOL

#4 Dec 17, 2008
Policemans - wife wrote:
The sad thing is this baby is going to have to have a colostomy bag possibly for the rest of its life and the low life pieces of crap who did this to it will suffer nowhere near the amount of pain this poor baby will. Its really a heartbreaking situation.
I don't think men in prison take too kindly to people harming Mother's or Children so he could end up taking a good beating and maybe a good dose of his own medacine! I know it wouldn't compare to what this baby has endured but most people aren't in prison for jay-walking so I would think if anyone would know how to handle a sicko like that they would! I don't condone violence under normal circumstances but sometimes... You just have to turn the other cheek...

“Curiouser and curiouser”

Since: Oct 08

Livingston

#5 Dec 18, 2008
Policemans - wife wrote:
The sad thing is this baby is going to have to have a colostomy bag possibly for the rest of its life and the low life pieces of crap who did this to it will suffer nowhere near the amount of pain this poor baby will. Its really a heartbreaking situation.
Someone on Myspace (the link is in another thread in the cookeville forum) that is his uncle said in a blog that the baby is already pooping on his own.
The guy says he is the biological fathers brother.

“I never said I was purrrfect !”

Since: Dec 07

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#6 Dec 19, 2008
Punishment wrote:
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I don't think men in prison take too kindly to people harming Mother's or Children so he could end up taking a good beating and maybe a good dose of his own medacine! I know it wouldn't compare to what this baby has endured but most people aren't in prison for jay-walking so I would think if anyone would know how to handle a sicko like that they would! I don't condone violence under normal circumstances but sometimes... You just have to turn the other cheek...
He's gonna be spreading both cheeks and he deserves it rough & painful!!!!
Just me and my thought

Cookeville, TN

#7 Dec 19, 2008
This is awful, sad and sick!! Why the hell do people do this to innocent babies and children. I don't care who it is but if they did something like this then they need to be hanged on the square in front of the whole damn town!
fist full of teeth

Shelbyville, TN

#8 Jan 1, 2009
this guy will get into general population one time or another in prison,their he will meet his maker.
fist full of teeth

Shelbyville, TN

#9 Jan 1, 2009
one time or another this guy will get into general population in prison ,their he will meet his maker.
fist full of teeth

Shelbyville, TN

#10 Jan 1, 2009
Grildawg cool hair :)
Update

Cookeville, TN

#11 Jan 11, 2009
Anybody have an update on this?
WOMAN

Livingston, TN

#12 Jan 11, 2009
please give us an update on this i saw jan 26 09 was the court date can anyone go to this? feedback asap
Info

AOL

#13 Jan 12, 2009
If you will go to the COOKEVILLE forum, a few pages into the comments, the Baby's Uncle has left a link to his MYSPACE page and he has updates on there and even a few pics. :) Hope this helps.

Since: Jan 09

Cookeville, TN

#14 Jan 13, 2009
GrilDawg wrote:
How sick does a person have to be to do this? Person....who am I kidding....more like animal. Even animals don't rape their babies.
Maybe certain sorts of monkeys.
Harley Joe

Cookeville, TN

#15 Jan 13, 2009
briargate09 wrote:
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Maybe certain sorts of monkeys.
Not Funny! This thread is serious and no place to make a stupid joke.

Since: Jan 09

Sparta, TN

#16 Jan 14, 2009
Judge denies lower bond in child rape case
Mary Jo Denton
Herald-Citizen Staff
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009
COOKEVILLE -- A young man charged with rape of an infant here denies the accusation and has told police that injuries to the baby may have resulted from an effort to treat a medical condition the child had.
That and other information about the case came out in a bond hearing held in Criminal Court yesterday for Richard Holman, 24, of Sparta, who along with the baby's mother, Ella Amish, 19, of East 17th Street, Cookeville, is charged in the case.
"He said early on the child had anal fissures and he was treating it with paper towels and peroxide and he must have pushed too hard," Cookeville Police Detective Sgt. Bobby Anderson testified yesterday.
As for how the three-month old baby got a broken leg, Holman told police in the initial investigation that "he was administering CPR (when the baby was found not breathing) and grabbed him and turned him upside down, trying to dislodge anything that might be choking him," the detective testified.
Holman was in court with his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender E.J. Mackie, trying to get his $200,000 bond reduced pending trial in the case.
But Judge David Patterson, after listening to testimony and hearing arguments from the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Doug Crawford and from Mackie, denied the request and ordered that the bond remain the same.
The case came to the attention of police on Nov. 15 when Holman and his girlfriend of the time, Amish, called 911 and reported that the infant -- her son but not his -- was found not breathing.
Paramedics found the infant injured and very ill. They rushed him to Cookeville Regional Hospital and then to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
Doctors soon documented for police just how seriously the baby had been hurt. In addition to the broken leg, he had bruising and lacerations around his private parts and had a serious bacterial infection from paper towels found inside his body, Anderson testified.
He underwent surgery and was very ill for some time, but is now recovering and is in the custody of his natural father, police sources say.
After an investigation, police charged Amish with aggravated child neglect or endangerment and aggravated assault by failure to protect. They charged Holman with aggravated rape of a child and aggravated child abuse. Both remain jailed under $200,000 bond, and according to testimony yesterday, the mother has been cooperating with police against Holman.
Photographs of the baby's injuries were introduced as an exhibit in yesterday's hearing to be viewed by Patterson, but at the request of defense attorney Mackie, the photos were sealed from the public record.
"They are sensational and might taint the jury pool if they were made part of the public file," Mackie said.
Mackie asked the court to reduce Holman's bond to $50,000 so that he could post the required amount and be released, and he led Holman's father, Dan Holman, through testimony designed to show that, if released, the young man would be living at his family home in Sparta and would be working for the family business, a parking lot maintenance company.
Holman's father said his son had only known Amish a few weeks when the incident with the baby occurred and said he had been living at his Sparta home for the past 15 years and not with Amish.

Since: Jan 09

Sparta, TN

#17 Jan 14, 2009
More article on herald citizen website. Could post entire one.
leemann

Cookeville, TN

#18 Apr 25, 2009
any more news on this?
hater

Cookeville, TN

#19 Apr 25, 2009
There should be a public outcry of rage when this pervert goes to trial. Let the judge know a light sentence will not go over well with the voting public. I hope prison comes soon for this sicko. They will know how to deal with him there.
BubbaTheLoveSpon ge

Beechgrove, TN

#20 Apr 29, 2009
i'm not defending anyone or know anything of the case, but last i checked, everyone in the u.s. is innocent until proven guilty. so save your outcries of rage until a jury finds him guilty. until then, he's only guilty in a court of public opinion and that means nothing.

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