The Wicomico County, Md. Sheriffâ€™s office have arrested a 30 year old Salisbury man and charged him with the disappearance of an 11 year old girl, Sarah Haley Foxwell although the girl is still missing.
Sheriff Mike Lewis said last night they have in custody, Thomas James Leggs, a family acquaintance who happens to be a registered sex offender. He has been charged with kidnapping and burglary. Apparently Leggs has not helped police in locating Sarah at all.
Sarah was last seen around 9:30 pm Tuesday night inside the family home. She lives with her aunt and several brothers and sisters in Maryland. According to Maryland State Trooper Sabrina Metzer, Sarah had gone to bed Tuesday night and was discovered missing Wednesday morning.
Sarah is white, 4 ft.8 in. tall and she weighs about 78 lbs. She has brown hair and blues eyes When Sarah was last seen she was wearing fuzzy red pajama bottoms with Christmas trees on them and a pink John Deere T-shirt.
Searchers covered several miles of fields and dense woods. They also searched local ponds and frozen tundra along with residential areas. Once the Wicomico sheriffâ€™s officials learned that the child had apparently been abducted they launched a full scale investigation.
There wasnâ€™t many details about Thomas James Leggs other than he is a registered sex offender in Maryland that has a prior conviction for a third degree sex offense and he is listed as a child sexual offender. He also is registered in Delaware as a high risk offender who had a 2001 conviction for the rape of a teenager.
Wicimico County sheriffâ€™s officials ask that anyone with any information about Sarah and where she may be or about her disappearance to please call their office at 410-548-4891.
This really bothers me. How can a man that has been charged with rape (especially since it was of a teenager) be out on the streets living as a free man? Not only in one state but two! This makes me furious with our system here in the United States. I just donâ€™t understand how this could happen. Now this little girlâ€™s life could be in danger. If he was an acquaintance of the family how could they let him around their children? It is clear that our laws need to be changed if we are ever going to stop this.
I know all missing children and their death are not from the hands of a sex offender but we have to start somewhere to start cleaning up. All sex offenders should be put somewhere that they can in no way possible harm another child again. Something has to be done. It tears my heart out to write this article today. It just isnâ€™t fair to our innocent children.
I pray to God that Sarah is OK somewhere. Please join me in our prayers for her and all the other children missing and abused and even for those that have been killed. Pray for their families too. This has to be so hard on them. Losing a child is never easy but not knowing if your child is alive or dead somewhere has to be tearing their hearts out. It would be like that anytime of the year but at Christmas time it seems even harder.
Sarah will be another name added to my list of children to pray for. Please join me as I pray for them. My list includes Caylee Anthony (found dead), Adji Desir (remains missing), Haleigh Cummings (remains missing), Somer Thompson (found dead), Elizabeth Olten (found dead) , Masaraha Ross (remains missing along with her mother Ronkeya Holmes), Alex Mercado (drowned) Rebecca Marie Allen (found alive), Sandra Cantu (found dead), Anthony Holland (found alive), Shaniya Davis (found dead), Hassani Campbell (remains missing), Giovanni Gonzalez (reported dead), Nevaeh Buchanan ( found dead) and Shannon Dedrick (found alive), Angel Miguel Perez (found safe) Luis Martinez (found dead) Luke Finch (found alive), Kayvon Lewis (fighting for his life), Andrue Jankwitz and Nathaneal Hale (found safe), Robert Manwill (killed), Conner Conley (killed), Marc Anthony Bookal (missing), and Sarah Haley Foxwell (missing).
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