Prosecutors, DA want death penalty on death of four-year-old boy

Fourth Estate Staff

Butler, PA, United States (4E) – The Butler County District Attorney and prosecutors handling the case about a four-year-old’s death seek the death penalty to be imposed on the suspect if he is found guilty.

Richard Goldinger, the DA in the area, said he wants capital punishment for 20-year-old Keith Jordan Lambing for raping and killing the toddler, who is the son of his girlfriend. However, Goldinger pointed out he would make the decision after the case moved past the preliminary hearing stage.

The four-year-old oy was found bleeding and unresponsive in a car with the mother of Laming, Kristen Herold. The boy was found at around 9:26 a.m. on March 21. He was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead. Aside from injuries linked to oral or anal copulation, the boy’s injuries also include bruises to the extremities, head, and trunk.

Lambing is now charged with two counts of rape of a child, one count of homicide, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, and reckless endangerment.

For the mother of the victim, police believed she was not involved in the crime itself but could have been involved after the fact. Goldinger said they might not charge her. She remains unnamed.

The mother of Lambing, on the other hand, was charged with hindering apprehension and endangering the welfare of children. Herold said she picked up the boy at a Super 8 motel on Pittsburgh Road in Butler. Lambing and the mother of the child have been living at the motel for weeks now together with their four-month-old son. The baby is now under custody of Butler County Children, Youth and Families (CYF).

Two years ago, the CYF was called into the home of the couple due to the victim having a broken arm. However, no case was opened because the complaint was not sustained.

This is not the first case against Lambing. He was awaiting formal arraignment on charges filed against him earlier this month. The charged included burglary, criminal trespassing, conspiracy, terroristic threats and harassment. Details about these were not available.

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