Baby Murder Trial Underway

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Witnesses take the stand in the trial of a couple, accused in connection with the death of a baby.

Prosecutors say Roy Rankin murdered and abuse Cecilia Alvarado back in 2005.

Autopsy results point to blunt force trauma as the cause of the death, but prosecutors say the couple abused the baby for weeks causing many broken bones before her death.

Alvarado was the daughter of Samantha Monahan.

Monahan is also charged with child abuse in the case.

Monahan has said her then-two-year-old son was responsible for the baby's death.

That's a story backed up by the boyfriend and last person held responsible for caring for Alvarado, Roy Rankin.

He says he was watching the child while Monahan was at work. Rankin went to get something for dinner, and when he came to check on the baby he says he noticed the brother kneeling on the child. When Rankin picked the baby up, he says her head slumped back.

Their trial is expected to last two weeks.


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  • by Antonio on May 3, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    Yes I have only know Roy Rankin for a short time. I'm on the outside looking in. This family has accepted me with open arms. No matter my race and accent. They have done nothing but welcome me with open arms. I love Melinda Rankin with all my heart. Yes I stand by Roy Rankin 100%. It dosen't matter how long you know a person. Spend five minutues with this man and you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt, he is innoncent.
  • by Christina Location: lexington on May 3, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    To Davis: if you truly knew the Rankins you would know that they are wonderful people. Everyone argues, its just part of life. God put adversity in this world to keep us all on the right track. Roy is on the right by telling what happened from the day it happened. It's sad that you have chosen to out such a horrible label on such a loving and caring family. Bailed out...yes, they had nothing on him. I have known the Rankins a long time and consider them my adoptive family. They treat me better than my own family does. I would be honored to have any one of them, especially Roy babysit my kids.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    THEY ARE NO LONGER A COUPLE SO PLEASE STOP REFERING TO THEM AS A COUPLE.
  • by TRUTH on May 2, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    TRUTH BE KNOWN TO STATE YOUR HONEST OPINION IS NOT THE FACTS, IF YOU TRULEY BELIEVE IN OR STAND BY WHAT YOU SAY THEN YOU WOULD BE THE FIRST IN THE COURT ROOM TO SPEAK WHAT YOU KNOW, OR AS IN SOME CASES YOU FEEL. BUT TRUTH BE KNOWN YOU DONT STAND BY WHAT YOU SAY IF YOUR ANONYOMUS YOU ARE HIDDING BEHIND THE "TRUTH" ITSELF. IF YOU WANT TO BRING JUSTICE TO WHAT YOU FEEL IS TRUE OR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN THEN U WOULD NOT ACCUSE OR INFLICT ANY MORE WOUNDS TO THOESE WHO ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. sO STAND BESIDE WHAT YOU FEEL AND WHAT YOU KNOW IS TRUE. STRIKE HEARSAY FROM YOUR EARS AND THE TRUTH WILL FIND ITS WAY IN.
  • by davis bottom Location: davis bottom on May 2, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    I know roy and his family and their all trouble always into fights or starting something roy knows who is responsable for this and also knows that his family will cover for him but for how long scotty cant defend him forever and antonio 8 months is nothing i have known the rankins for 40 years and always kept my kids away from them. forever they have got away with to much but the lord will meet them one day ad they will answer to him. if roy didnt do this then someone very close to him did and not samantha monahan this is the second baby death from what i understand that has happend in the resedent something aint right i love children and cant see how someone who was on a murder charge could get bailed out on that. r.i.p. baby cicilia
  • by get ur facts on May 2, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    so who has the facts that the mother tried to run? she missed one court date and that does not mean she was trying to run from anything. If you really want to know what is going on the court room is open to the public.. starts at 8:45 and goes until the evening. so come and join then get on and type what you believe.
  • by grandmothers Location: lexington on May 2, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    This little baby was murdered and did not die of natural causes Ive known Roy for many years no one expects a friend of ever being capable of s you such a horrific and cowardly thing this baby didnt ask for much just a little love which I doubt it ever got Roy you know the truth and so do a couple of more of you do to so all of you cowards need to come foward and own up to the truth because gods gonna get you for that.
  • by someone that cares Location: lexington on May 2, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    Its really easy to point a finger and tell a story that you think everyone will buy that was a little baby that didnt ask to be brought into this world but there is one thing for certain you know who you are and the truth behind this little angles death but one day you will have to stand before christ and ol boy you cant hide then so just remember there is someone else who knows the truth to and I wouldnt want to be in your shoes for no amount I think I would be down on my knees begging for forgiveness.
  • by Sara Location: Lexington on May 2, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    Early on in the case, she had to leave the courtroom because she was so “upset” at the mere mention of the baby, but was witnessed outside on her phone laughing. What’s the matter? Did she run out of tears? It makes me sick that the death of her flesh and blood is NOTHING BUT A JOKE to her!
  • by ? on May 1, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    to Antonio, you may have known him 8 months but did you know him 4 years ago?

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