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It was a shocking Christmas Day in 2009 for 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell’s family. At 4pm, while children across America played with their brand new toys, police found Foxwell’s body in a heavily wooded area half a mile from the Maryland/Delaware border. Foxwell was reported missing from her Salisbury, Maryland home just two days earlier, kidnapped from her own bedroom in the middle of the night. Foxwell’s death was ruled a homicide from multiple injuries. Back at the home, there were no signs of forced entry. Foxwell’s 6-year-old sister would turn out to be the key eyewitness in the abduction, according to cops, spotting the alleged kidnapper as he entered Foxwell’s bedroom that night.
And no detail goes unnoticed. The little 6-year-old girl was able to tell investigators exactly what the kidnapper was wearing, down to the color of his shoes. When cops caught up to 30-year-old Thomas Leggs Jr. he was wearing the clothing very similar to what Foxwell’s sister described him wearing the night 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell was snatched from her own bed.
Leggs was arrested in connection with Foxwell’s disappearance and charged with kidnap & burglary. And it’s no surprise to learn Leggs is a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware. In Maryland, Leggs is listed as a child sex offender, convicted of a sex offense involving a child in March 1998. In Delaware, Leggs is listed as a high-risk sex offender, convicted in 2001 of raping a 16 or 17-year-old victim. And these are just two examples from an extensive rap sheet that includes other assault cases.
38 days after hundreds said their final goodbyes to 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Davis Ruark announced at a news conference Leggs indictment for first-degree murder, burglary, kidnapping and first- and second-degree sexual offenses. Ruark also says the state will seek the death penalty. Leggs, still behind bars without bail, denies any involvement. So what exactly took so long to file murder charges? Ruark explains with Leggs behind bars with no bond, investigators proceeded in methodical and logical fashion gathering evidence, particularly evidence that had to be analyzed at crime labs.
What’s even more appalling than Foxwell’s murder is the fact this little girl’s life could have been saved. As a registered sex offender, it’s not Leggs’ first run-in with the law. He has two prior convictions in Delaware and Maryland. As recent as September, a female in Ocean City, Maryland reported to cops she woke up at 4am in her bedroom to find Leggs – who allegedly broke into her apartment and was standing next to her bed with no shirt on & his pants down around his knees. The two met 10 days earlier at a downtown bar and spent time together at the female victim’s apartment, but she rejected Leggs once he made sexual advances and tried to take her clothes off. Miraculously, the unidentified woman was not harmed during the confrontations and when Ocean City police caught up to Leggs he was arrested and only charged with burglary and destruction of property. Even with his prior record and testimony from the female victim, the judge grants him $10,000 bond, which Leggs puts up then walks free.
90 days later 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell is dead! With two prior sex assault convictions, including rape of a minor victim, why would a judge let him out on bail, free to walk the streets? According to charging documents and reports, Leggs is the ex-boyfriend of Sarah Foxwell’s aunt, her legal guardian. And it was at the aunt’s home where Leggs allegedly gained access using a hidden spare key.
At a news conference, Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says it’s troublesome that Leggs was allowed back on the streets and notes that Leggs last registered with Wicomico County on December 3, 2009 and was the target of seven compliance checks in 2009 alone. During each of the seven checks, Leggs was in compliance with the law and there were no violations that would have resulted in an arrest. At this time, prosecutors are confident they have the only suspect in the Sarah Foxwell murder case in custody.
We Want Justice for 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell!