Danial Rinehart, who was convicted in April of 2010, for the rape of his daughter and for murdering two of the children he fathered with her, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 22 years.
During the guilt phase of his trial, his daughter, now a young adult, emotionally testified that her father began to molest her when she was five years old, and that during the years that he was raping her, she gave birth to four of his children.
(Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Danial “Danny” Rinehart, age 47)
Police say Rinehart’s wife and the mother of his victim, Linda Rinehart, knew all about the incest, facilitated it with her silence, and even aided in delivering the babies inside the camper that the family lived in. Prosecutors have charged her with two counts of child endangerment.
Linda Rinehart’s trial is set to begin in August 2010.
I wrote the prosecutor in this case and told them they should charge Linda Rinehart with murder and rape as well. This woman did nothing while her daughter was being raped for years and she helped deliver the children. As far as the victim is concerned, her mother’s lack of protection and helping in the birth of the children, is just as bad as the perpetrator’s rapes. It’s as if the mother raped her too.