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Man charged in Md. girl's death denies involvement: Attorney

An attorney for a 30-year-old Salisbury man charged in the disappearance of a girl found dead on Christmas Day says his client denies allegations that he harmed the child.

Thomas Leggs Jr., a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware, was charged with kidnapping and burglary one day after 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell's family reported her missing. She was found dead in a wooded area days later.

Arch McFadden, an attorney from the Office of the Public Defender, represented Leggs during a Wicomico County District Court bond hearing. He says Leggs “has denied and continues to deny any involvement in this crime.”

Leggs was ordered held without bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center. Police say he is being separated from other inmates.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 30, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
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OK, let him have his day in court. If found guilty, he should be executed. Period.

When these men are found guilty of sexual assault on a child, they should be offered a reduced prison sentence in exchange for having surgery to end their sex drive. If that had happened in this case, this poor girl might still be alive today.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | December 30, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I agree. 1 day in court then Death. No mercy for those that prey on the Old, The Young and the helpless.

Posted by: EXWNYer | December 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me it's a witch hunt. No other leads so they round up the closest person on their list. This list needs to be made illegal and removed from the web.

Posted by: askgees | December 30, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I never heard what the evidence was that connected this guy to the home.....

...How about supplying some background...

My heart goes out to this girl and her family..

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 30, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

For those who aren't familiar with the evidence - this guy is the former boyfriend of the victim's (little girl's) aunt and the girl's sister saw him sneak into her bedroom and take her out in the middle of the night. She was found dead two days later. Granted, they'll need to find forensic evidence as well but these sickos can't control their disgusting urges and he was out to hurt the family since he was kicked-out of the girlfriend's life. Castration without anesthetic seems like a first step to me.

Posted by: vjhmom1 | December 30, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

The girl's little sister saw him walking out with her. Case closed. Hardly a witch hunt Askgees. I feel bad for attorneys who have to defend these scum who should be treated as if we were in mideval europe or the middle east.

Posted by: flabbergast | December 30, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse


"Multiple injuries found on missing girl"

So this is a homicide investigation now.

Posted by: thardman | December 30, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

vjhmom1 -

Thanks! Trial. Conviction. Execution.

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Askgees must be a "molester". But thanks to Gov. O'malley there won't be a death penalty for this "molester". There has to be a "confession", "eyewitness", "DNA" before there can be a death sentence. Is there anybody out there that thinks this "molester" is going to "confess??"

Posted by: doughboy96 | December 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Additional evidence: Sarah owned a green toothbrush, which was missing from the house, and which was found in Leggs's pickup truck.

Posted by: rmagritte | December 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Askgees said; Seems to me it's a witch hunt. No other leads so they round up the closest person on their list. This list needs to be made illegal and removed from the web.


You really need to pay attention. The sister of the victim woke up to see this guy leaving the bedroom with her. He had been shown where the family kept the spare key, he dated the aunt, and her toothbrush was found in his truck. Also the body was found next to his parent's property.

Hardly a witch hunt. But for someone who only reads the headlines I am not surprised.

Posted by: MKadyman | December 30, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

sounds like his parents may be involved also.

Posted by: californicationdude | December 30, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people call for the death penalty in cases like this. If he's executed, he'll be out of his misery. He should be sentenced to jail in the general prison population. The torture he'll receive for as long as he's alive will be much greater punishment than being sentenced to death by the State.

Posted by: LindaL1 | December 30, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Abbreviated due process, torture, and summary executions? Where are we, China? In the United States, a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The heinousness of the the crime alleged does not change that legal principle.

Posted by: EasyDecisions | December 30, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

He's 30 and was previously convicted of raping a 16-17 year old teenager in 2001, nine years ago. He was 21 then. The rape nine years ago was therefore of a girl that he could have been dating. So to a certain extent, the suspect doesn't match the police profile of a pedophile who preys upon (and murders) 11 year-old girls.

Furthermore, according to police, the guy committed a crime that he must have known he would become the prime suspect for. Base on his stonewalling, he could have some tangential involvement that places him in great legal jeapardy if he cooperates. I bet he told a burglar where the girl's family hid the housekey.

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Posted by: iofferkicks257 | December 30, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

EasyDecisions wrote:

In the United States, a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The heinousness of the the crime alleged does not change that legal principle.


Thank you! Nice to see at least one civilized person posting here, as opposed to the members of the lynch mob, howling for blood.

Posted by: lydgate | December 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"a registered sex offender"

Ummmmmm.... Why is he even alive?

“has denied and continues to deny any involvement in this crime.”

Of course he does, he should have been shot the first time around. I sware I didn't do it! I've never even taken a pen home from work or lied to anyone in my entire life!

Posted by: joejack65 | December 30, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

And if he did do it, you think the Public Defender would get up in court and say he did it? "NO" Defense attorneys don't care about the truth; as a matter of fact, they don't even ask their clients if they did it! So this article is a waste of time and space!

Posted by: sshill41 | December 31, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

A lot of the facts and evidence the police are coming out with point towards his involment.

If proven guilty he should be punished to the maximun extent of the law, although i agree with LindaL1, the death penalty is way too easy, he would just get a lethal injection and it would be over with, his family would suffer more than he would. He should live with and pay for what he has done, life in prison without possibility of parole sounds more like a punishment in my opinion.

Posted by: jramirez24 | December 31, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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