WRCB reported yesterday that residents in Rhea County are expressing their support for a death penalty sentence for a couple accused of child abuse. Jessica Robbins and Bradley Adcox are charged in the death of Robbins' 5-year-old-son, Landon. Both are facing first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse charges. Investigators say Robbins admitted the couple forced Landon to drink liquid soap and eat cigarette butts as punishment for not going to sleep. Landon's autopsy showed the boy suffered bruising, blunt force trauma and contusions all over his head and face, as well as a bite mark on his back. The autopsy also found a cigarette butt in his stomach, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
In a poll posed on October 12, AL.com readers overwhelmingly reported that they would like to see someone who is convicted of severe child abuse be put to death. The poll was given as an opportunity for readers to share their feelings after the death of football star Adrian Peterson's son, who died after his mother's boyfriend allegedly beat him. Within the past couple of months, there have been several child abuse fatality cases in which states are seeking the death penalty. The following cases highlight a few of these examples.
Times Online reported today that a central Pennsylvania man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a toddler for whom he was baby-sitting two years ago. York County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty because of the allegations that Woodard beat the boy while looking after him at a York home.
Oak Ridge Today recently reported that a grandmother who is facing the death penalty and charged with first-degree murder in the death of her toddler granddaughter was indicted on nine new counts of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, and aggravated child endangerment in cases involving three other children, court records said. Her murder trial had been scheduled for February 2014.