Disturbing details emerge in 4-year-old’s rape and murder as mom is charged

More details have emerged in the horrifying case of a 4-year-old boy who bled to death after he was allegedly sodomized by his mother’s boyfriend. The little boy’s mother, who lived with her boyfriend and the child in the hotel room where the alleged deadly assault took place, is now facing charges of child endangerment.

As Crime Online previously reported, 20-year-old Keith Jordan Lambing, of Butler County, Pennsylvania, was charged last week with the rape and homicide of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son Bentley Miller. Lambing is accused of sodomizing the little boy, causing injuries that led to fatal internal bleeding.

Since then, the boy’s mother, 21-year-old Mackenzie Peters, has been charged with multiple counts of child endangerment. When Bentley was brought to Butler Memorial Hospital on March 21, the day he died, he reportedly had severe, untreated burns on his hands and wrists in addition to bruises all over his body and the injuries from the sexual assault.

According to an affidavit obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, authorities determined that the little boy suffered those burns several days beforehand, and Ms. Peters did not seek proper medical treatment.

The exact cause of the injury is unknown, but according to the affidavit the burn was described as “significant enough that any reasonable caretaker would have sought medical treatment for wound care and pain management.”

Investigators also found evidence of drug use in the Super 8 motel where the little boy had been living with his mother, her boyfriend, and the couple’s infant son.

Lambing’s mother, who first called police to report that her grandson was unconscious and told them he had been bleeding from the rectum after she picked him up from the motel, is reportedly being held for trial, pending charges of child endangerment and hindering apprehension. She and her son were found hiding out in an attic of an abandoned home the day after Bentley died.

Online postings critical of the little boy’s family have appeared on Butler News, described on its Facebook page as an “alternative news agency for Butler, PA.” Crime Online cannot verify the accuracy or authenticity of the digital outlet. One Butler News post cites multiple unnamed sources who claim Peters said she “felt life would be better without Bentley, this way her and Jordan could have one child.” The same post claims she showed no emotion at the hospital when she was told her son died, and reportedly asked hospital staff  how long she had to “hang around for.”

A source claiming to be a relative who said they attended Bentley’s funeral last week reportedly contacted Butler News with details of Ms. Peterson’s purportedly “disgraceful” behavior. The source’s comments read, in part:

People deserve to know and she deserves more punishment. I was at the funeral and it was a disgrace on her part.

They were sitting near the casket laughing and talking with friends and family for some of the time. The majority of the funeral, they were in the parking lot, a while group of them dressed the same, drinking beer and smoking weed. When it came time for the final goodbye, they were all late, and smelled strongly of alcohol. She did not shed a tear. She was stoned faced. It was disgusting and embarrassing to be related to her.

Many people were horrified. I do have to say that her mother and sister were extremely upset and kind. Mackenzie has been a terrible person since she was very young. I use to say she was a sociopath. Now I know she is. What I can’t figure out is why Tyler [Miller, Bentley’s father] would even be talking to her. I’m am thinking maybe he was sedated. He seemed numb. I don’t know though. The whole situation was just weird.

Butler News also published photos purportedly from the Facebook account of Bentley’s father, Tyler Miller. The photos show groups of smiling people. Someone believed to be Tyler Miller wrote a caption on one of the photos that read, in part, “Bentley would love to see us happy like this least as happy as we can be [sic].”


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