Update (2/3/09): The filth has been convicted. My post here.
This is Kimberly Dawn Trenor, 19, of Spring, Texas (near Houston). She is awaiting trial in the slaying of her 2-year-old daughter, initially known to the public as Baby Grace. Trenor — accused with her husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, 25, of beating Riley Ann Sawyers to death July 25 in their Spring home. Trenor has said that she and her husband beat Riley with a belt, held her head under bath water and pushed her face into a pillow and couch and that Zeigler hurled her onto a tile floor. Riley’s body was stored in a plastic box for up to two months before being tossed into West Galveston Bay, Trenor has said in a statement to investigators. A fisherman discovered the box Oct. 29. The then-unidentified child was dubbed Baby Grace. Trenor gave birth to another child this past Thursday afternoon, while in prison custody.
Child Protective Services officials have said that Trenor would not be allowed to keep her newborn. The normal procedure is for the mother to be allowed to choose a relative to raise the child and for CPS to take the child if an adoptive parent is unavailable. The newborn was taken away from Trenor immediately after birth.
Her trial is set for November 3rd. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. Why not? Our Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is not appropriate unless a death is involved and, one would assume, the crime is particularly heinous. Fantastic blog post and civil discussion about the issue is here. Can anyone give me a good reason to believe that this is not a prime example of a case where the perp deserves the death penalty? Perhaps the prosecutors aren’t going for it because Trenor pretty much admitted to what she did? So what? This is a ghastly person who is committing ghastly deeds and is still procreating. I’m not thrilled with the idea of taxpayers shelling out over $7,000,000 for incarceration alone to keep Trenor and her douche nozzle hubby in the can for the rest of their lives.