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Lambing's mother pleads guilty to charges in connection with boy's death

April 11, 2018 News Extra

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Kristen Herold

The mother of a Butler man accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy last year, leaving him with fatal injuries, has pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension and endangering the welfare of a child.

Kristen Lee Herold, 43, of Wexford entered the guilty plea Tuesday before Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Doerr.

Herold's attorney, Al Lindsay, requested immediate sentencing Tuesday, but Doerr rejected that request, saying a pre-sentence investigation was needed. He set Herold's sentencing for May 3.

A plea agreement with prosecutors calls for a sentence of 18 to 60 months in state prison.

Herold, who is the mother of Keith Jordan Lambing, was charged last year in connection with the death of Bentley Thomas Miller. Police say Lambing on March 21, 2017, sexually assaulted the boy in a room at the Super 8 motel on Pittsburgh Road, Butler Township, leaving him with injuries that resulted in his death.

Herold was charged by police a day after Bentley's death, after officers found her and Lambing hiding in a Walker Avenue house.

Investigators say Herold provided false information in an attempt to hide Lambing from police, and also failed to get medical help for Bentley on the morning of the assault.

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Phillip Rau

Phillip Rau

Phillip Rau graduated from Allegheny College in 2006 with a degree in English and Political Science, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. He served as the editor of literary journals at Allegheny and Pitt. He worked as a reporter and news editor in Greenville, Pa., from 2008 to June of 2015, when he joined The Butler Eagle as an editorial writer and staff writer. In 2017 Phillip became the City Editor for the Butler Eagle.