Peace Officers Struggle With Brutality Of Crime
By KENNETH DEAN
HENDERSON - Peace officers know when they accept the job they may have to work a homicide or a fatality accident and they accept it as part of the job. But, occasionally, a case arises that shakes even the most seasoned of those wearing a badge.
Rusk County Sheriff's Lt. Reynold Humber said the alleged brutal beating death of 13-month-old Amora Bain Carson by her mother Jesseca Bain Carson, 18, and Blaine Keith Milam, 19, was so gruesome that he did not sleep Tuesday night.
"In my 30 years of law enforcement, I have seen some things, but this is the worst of all of them," he said.
The couple remains jailed on capital murder charges after they admitted to beating the toddler to death. They claim they were trying to rid her body of demons and were performing an exorcism.
Humber went on to say that some of the investigators at the crime scene on County Road 2125 had to exit the residence because they were physically ill.
The girl's body was reportedly covered in blunt force trauma wounds and human bite marks.
VICTIM: Lt. Reynold Humber of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office shows members of the media a portrait of Amora Bain Carson, who was allegedly murdered by Blaine Milam, 19, and her mother Jesseca Carson, 18.
"This is the worst thing I have ever seen," Humber said again.
Rusk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Bob Richardson, who arraigned the two, said he did not arraign the couple Tuesday because the scene was so disturbing. He added that he accompanied Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Bonnie Miller to perform the inquest at the home.
Miller ordered the body sent to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy.
When asked if the scene bothered him, Richardson said, "Yes, it did bother me. It was gruesome to see the 13-month-old lying there, and what they had done to it."
Richardson also said that the couple reportedly went to a local pawn shop Tuesday to sell tools so they could afford to hire a priest to perform an exorcism.
"I guess they decided to take care of the demons themselves," Richardson said.
Rusk County District Attorney Investigator William Brown said the scene was a hard one to see.
"These crimes involving children are always hard, so yes, it was very unpleasant," he said.
Humber said at some point in the next few days, the EMS personnel and the sheriff's deputies on scene will undergo some type of stress debriefing.
"We haven't had time just yet, but we will do something," he said.
When asked if the decision had been made whether the couple, if convicted, would face the death penalty in the case or not Humber said without hesitating, "I don't know if that has been discussed at this point, but I know what my opinion is."