A couple — Matthew Miller, 40, and Lacey Take — has reportedly been charged by the Madison County State’s Attorney Office over allegedly committing sexual assault against a minor, according to recent reports.
The alleged victim was just two years old at the time of the attack and is currently being evaluated by health professionals to determine the extent of the damage.
It was uncovered that one of the suspects, Miller, a Saint Louis man, had had sexual contact with the child on multiple occasions, drugging the kid with cocaine while committing his heinous acts.
His girlfriend, Take, a woman from Troy, Illinois, was charged with allowing the abuse to happen and doing nothing to stop or report the incidents.
Understandably, the man is facing much more severe charges at the moment due to his direct involvement in the crime.
However, reports indicate that the woman could eventually face charges that are just as serious due to the way she behaved and her overall involvement in the case.
Both are currently being held on quite the high bonds, $1 million for Miller and Take’s was set at $500,000, and it does not look like they will be out of jail anytime soon.
Both are facing sentences of multiple years if they end up with a conviction.
Many have been outraged over the incident, calling for the maximum allowable punishment for the perpetrators of the assault.
Some have been particularly disgusted with the behavior of the woman, claiming that she had contributed a lot to the incident and should not be allowed to get off easier than her partner just because she was not directly involved in the assault. This seems to be an opinion that is echoed quite often.
Miller was charged with three counts of the Class X felony of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, three counts of the Class 3 felony of aggravated battery, and one count of Class X felony of aggravated battery.
Take faces one count of permitting sexual abuse of a child and two counts of child endangerment.
The child was taken to the Anderson Hospital last month, and employees decided to call authorities over suspicion of sexual abuse on a female child.