Linda Rinehart has pleaded guilty to child endangerment and hindering the investigation of a felony. In June of 2010, her husband, Danial Rinehart, was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison for having incest with his daughter for years. He was also sentenced for the murder of at least one of the four children that his daughter gave birth to as a result of the incest. Three of the babies did not survive.
Danial Rinehart’s daughter, Ashley, tearfully testified at her father’s trial when she was twenty. She said the incest had begun when she was just five years-old. Her first child was born when she was only fourteen.
Ashley testified that, not only did her mother know about the incest, but that she was jealous of her daughter and helped in the birth of the children inside the camper the family lived in.
Ashley told the jury, “I did not want to be my father’s sex slave.” Apparently her mother didn’t mind it. As a matter of fact, according to a police report, Linda Rinehart said she did not stop the incest because she didn’t think she was good enough to find anyone else. Well, she’s right there! She also said that she desperately wanted a boy child in the family –even if it was out of an incestuous relationship between her husband and her daughter.
Folks, this is the epitome of evil. Mother Rinehart sat at the family dinner table every night, knowing full well that her daughter was her husband’s sex slave. For her own selfish, self-serving reasons, Linda not only stayed with the child rapist, but she encouraged it, just in case her daughter had a boy, so she could play mommy to the son she always wanted.
Child endangerment is NOT enough of a charge for this so-called mother to face. The child endangerment charge only has a maximum sentence of seven years and the hindering of the prosecution charge only carries a maximum of four years in prison.
I just called the prosecutor in this case and found out that we can send an email to her office and she will forward it to the judge in the case. Sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow, so you must send your email right away. Please explain briefly why you feel this woman should receive the maximum sentence of eleven years. Be brief, polite, and to the point; otherwise, the email will not be taken seriously and will not be forwarded.
Linda Rinehart is morally guilty of rape, incest, and murder. I know it is too late for her to be criminally charged for this, but it’s not too late to do something. This woman did nothing while her daughter was raped and molested for over a decade, 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 as emotionally devastating as the perpetrator’s rapes –maybe even more so. To the child’s psyche, it’s as if her mother raped her too.
Until these kind of women are charged with more serious crimes, there will be no justice for the victims, and future victims will be abundant. These mothers need to be sent a very strong message: Either you PROTECT your child from a rapist, or you will suffer the consequences right along with him.
Linda Rinehart is to be sentenced tomorrow. Please take action, if you are an incest survivor, sending an email can help you to feel like you have the power to do something, and it can help future victims. If you are not a previous victim, do it for the victim in this case, and for her four innocent children. Anyone care to join me?
Send the email to the judge in the case, in care of Teri:
Carbon Copy to the Prosecutor, Teresa Hensley
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