According to WTAE, 20-year-old Keith Jordan Lambing has been charged with criminal homicide, rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse causing serious bodily injury.
Court records show that the little boy ultimately died from severe blood loss after being raped by Lambing.
Authorities say that 4-year-old Bentley was in Lambing’s care on the morning of March 21 at a Super 8 motel on Route 8, where Lambing lived, when the horrific incident occurred.
According to WTAE, Lambing reportedly noticed that Bentley was in need of immediate medical attention, but instead of calling 911, he called his own mother, Kristen Herold.
But even after Lambing’s frantic call, Herold decided to take Bentley to his father’s house—not the hospital.
It was during that drive to Bentley’s father’s house that the little boy became completely unresponsive, forcing Herold to pull over into a bank parking lot and call 911.
At last, Bentley was rushed to a hospital, where he later died, according to reports.
Herold was charged last week with child endangerment and hindering apprehension.
District Attorney Richard Goldinger has since said that Bentley’s mother, 21-year-old Mackenzie Peters, was at work during the alleged rape and murder, so they do not suspect her of killing her son.
As of Thursday morning, however, Peters has officially been charged with child endangerment.
According to a criminal complaint, right before his death, Bentley had suffered a burn in the area of his left hand and wrist that, investigators say, was “significant enough that any reasonable caretaker would have sought medical treatment for wound care and pain management.”
Police also say they discovered evidence of drug use and paraphernalia inside the motel room where Lambing and Peters had been staying with Bentley and a 4-month-old baby.
WTAE shared this horrific story on Facebook, where hundreds of commenters demanded justice for Bentley.
“Save the money and time…put him in prison with the worst, most hardened criminals let them know what he did…they’ll take care of him!” one woman commented.
“What about the child’s mother. She doesn’t have good judgement. This 20 year old with an urge to hurt children will find out that big boys play rough. I hope that he sees Bentley in his dreams every night. But the roles are reversed and that Bentley is assaulting him. I’m just crying over this little boy. He should be playing. Prayers for this Child of God who didn’t stand a chance,” another commenter added.