'Incest mom' who was jailed for sexually abusing girl, 5, in bathtub gets 20 years of added term for child porn

She was given an additional 20-year sentence for sending photos of herself abusing the victim to a Facebook friend called Randall Peggs


                            'Incest mom' who was jailed for sexually abusing girl, 5, in bathtub gets 20 years of added term for child porn
Elizabeth Haway (Southern Regional Jail)

PRINCETON, WEST VIRGINIA: A 43-year-old mother from West Virginia, who was imprisoned for a sex attack on a five-year-old after she was sentenced to up to 155 years in prison, has been handed an additional 20 years behind bars.

Elizabeth Haway was sentenced in May for the "vile and horrific" sexual assault on the child in a bathtub. She was given an additional 20-year sentence on Monday, December 14, for sending photos of herself abusing the victim to a Facebook friend called Randall Peggs in February 2019. As a result, her minimum term was increased from 45 to 65 years. It also means that she has to live until the age of 108 before she can be considered for parole.

Prosecutor Mike Stuart told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: "Twenty years in prison for an abhorrent crime that inflicted lifelong trauma on a young child. We will do everything within our power to keep offenders like Haway away from West Virginia’s children. After Haway completes the state prison sentence she is currently serving, she then will spend the next two decades in federal prison."

Randall Peggs (Southern Regional Jail)

We reported in September that the woman, infamously known as "incest mom," and Peggs began communicating through Facebook messenger two years ago in November 2018. Peggs reportedly pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge in August this year and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 9. Much of the communication exchanged between the pair was reportedly about Haway's urge to sexually abuse the young girl. The documents added that the mother was influenced by Peggs to send child porn videos to him on Facebook. However, soon an investigation into the pair was initiated after a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler, during Haway's sentencing earlier this year, said that "lifelong damage has been inflicted on this child. This child has lost innocence that can never be restored or replaced." Sadler added: "I've been involved in the criminal justice system for over 30 years. From that standpoint, this is one of the vilest and horrific cases I have ever experienced in the criminal justice system."

Haway, in December 2019, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse, and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person of trust, and incest. One of the officers leading the investigation into the case, Detective-Sgt. Steve Sommers, according to the criminal complaint, said: "As I searched her Facebook records further, I found two video files that were approximately 3 minutes and 21 seconds (each) in length that had been sent to another Facebook user. I estimated the age of the child to be between 5 and 6 years of age. I also observed distinct cracking of the molding at the wall and bathtub and that the adult female had a tattoo on her finger of a smiley face (two dots and a line)," Sommers, in the report, said. The detective further added that when he searched Haway's house, he found her bathroom to be very similar to the one he had seen in the abuse videos.

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