FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick man is being held without bail on charges he sexually assaulted a 1-year-old boy so severely the child needed surgery.

Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said Tuesday it is one of the most horrible child-abuse cases he has seen.

Prosecutors say the boy underwent a colostomy last week at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington because his colon was torn.

Investigators allege in charging documents that 19-year-old Ryan Sheppard acknowledged to police that he sexually assaulted the child last Wednesday.

The allegations include first-degree sex offense and first-degree assault. Sheppard could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

Sheppard appeared Monday at his bail review without an attorney.

No attorney of record was listed Tuesday afternoon.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (92)
  1. Sylvan Finkelstein says:


    1. hmmmm says:

      AGREE people like this do not deserve to live!!!!!!!!!! kill him by terring his rectum and let him bleed to death

    2. deltasweetiepi says:

      This mofo should be dead



    1. Kimberly Blackwell says:

      ill do the honors and buy the round they should take him and tie him up to an old oak tree do the same thing to him fill him w/buck shot and let him slowly bleed out!!!

    2. Kimberly Blackwell says:

      ill do the honors and buy the round they should take him and tie him up to an old oak tree do the same thing to him fill him w/buck shot and let him slowly bleed out!!!

  3. Me says:

    He will get what’s coming to him…beasts like that do not last long in jail.
    God Bless that baby and pray he will be ok.

  4. somechic says:

    This poor baby! What a disgusting act!! I would definitely love to partake in this sick punks punishment! He wouldn’t live to see the end, that’s for sure!

  5. Joe says:

    This motherf**ker should have his f**king head torn off. Sick ba**ard. Maybe I’ll even do it myself? I will be at this trial for sure.

  6. LaDasha says:

    This is sicking. This animal should be put to death. Now whine you liberals, I’m sure you will say he is sick and needs help. BULL.

    1. really?? says:

      What does politics have to do with this??? Well, with a name like LaDasha, I can imagine your confusion. Idiot.

    2. Katelyn says:

      I’m pretty far left on the political spectrum, however I don’t think this man needs help, or is sick. No death penalty case (with all its expense to the government, ie. you and me,). He wont even make it to the trial. Prison justice will be fast and brutal for this man. Thanks for using this tragic case to spew your hate and bias.

  7. R J Thomas says:

    This guy needs 11 of his appendages removed without pain killers. Send him to prison and let men who abhore child molesters take care of him. My heart cries for that little boy.

    1. Johanne says:

      That is exactly what he should get. The big strong men that don;t like child molesters will fix him right up the ass.

    2. nicko says:

      Eleven? LOL Lemme see…Two legs, two arms. Are toes appendages?

      1. angrymama says:

        Yes, they are. As are penes. His of which should be the first to go.

  8. Katie L says:

    yeah, no soap on a rope for him and make sure his soap is extra slippery

  9. eric says:

    What a SICK person!!!!! He needs to be sodomized himself to see how he likes it!!!! Bubba and Otis will have thier way with him in the poky!!!!! They dont tollerate pedefiles in there.

    1. AKgrandma says:

      Actually, he probably does know how it feels. Most child molesters were molested as children themselves. That’s how this ugliness starts.

  10. connie says:

    that what he want is the slippery soap on the rope. he love anal sex and take pleasure in sodomizing helpless victims. he should be put to death !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Terry says:

    Execution on the spot – not trial – of course O’Malley would prevent it……

    1. victor evans says:

      i heard you was with him

  12. sad says:

    I just finished reading an article where comments were all in favor of pornography and extreme violence should be protected as free speech. I bet this child molester was weaned on the stuff. You get what you ask for.

  13. pigeon says:

    Dismember the bum bit by bit by bit and very, very slowly so he will agonize ’til death.
    CPS should look into the lifestyle in which this child was forced to live.
    I so pray for that baby, which he is. May his recovery be swift!

  14. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    JUST HANG THIS PERVERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. urnotfunny says:

    Put him to DEATH! There is no room on this earth for a sick POS like him. God bless that innocent little boy and prayers for a quick recovery. It is my wish that he gets tri-fold in jail what he did to this poor baby. Luckily he is over 18 or his defense (if he has one), would be screaming he’s a poor innocent juvenile!

  16. 1st Responder says:

    No. I say give him life and put him in a cell with a murdering lifer with a 16little inch member who has nothing to lose. Trouble is, he might enjoy it too much. An execution is to quick and not painful enough.

  17. Anti-probation 4 sex offenders: change the laws!! says:

    I had a 19 year old relative (not in this state) that admitted himself into a psychiatric center after his biological mother kicked him out of the house for the rape of two small girls. He was afraid she would report him, so he checked himself into a mental hospital and admitted to raping six children between the ages of 2 and 12. To his surprise he was arrested. He was sentenced to 30 years with the possibility of parole in 15. He is a serial child rapist and ONLY received 30 years. This guy brutally sodomized this sweet, innocent baby. UNFORTUNATELY, the system will more than likely give him a few years in prison to “rehabilitate” him. They give stiffer sentences for possession. BTW, the relative was sent at the beginning of the year, was immediately sexually assaulted, but has stated even though he was raped he liked being in there.

  18. Bullfrog says:

    You are a MONSTER. You are SATAN in the form of a human being. I will wish every night that your cellmate wears a size 13 shoe and that he is a very horney cellmate, someone who can cause the exact type of pain on you that you caused that little child. Why in this day would any parent entrust the safety of their child to a man (other than the father or grandparents) alone. I would question any man who would offer or be willing to child sit my child (unless extreme emergency) without a female. It’s just not normal for a man other than family to child sit, Men in general think about sex appro. every 3 to 5 minutes, I am not saying that they are child molesters, I am saying no one knows if they are thinking about their wife, lover, girlfriend, boyfriend or child. So we as parents need to use our radar to detect the danger and for pete’s sake if it sounds to good to be true then it normally is. Parents beware satan can take any physical form.

    1. Eric Mainz says:

      You seem to have a very jaded view of men, and I feel sorry for you. What this monster did was sick, and excusable, but to generalize and say that 1/2 the population could potentially do something like this show me that you may have have also been traumatized yourself.

      I am a father of three young daughters, and while I no longer need to seek out babysitters as they are now old enough to help watch themselves (at 10, 12 and 15), I ave previously hired ‘males’ who were well known to me personally to watch my kids, and never had any reason to suspect anything was off.

      As a result, my children are well adjusted, and do not have a fear of the entire world. That said, they know that there are sicko’s out there, and they use their common sense, and the values that we instilled in them to make the right decisions in their life. I would hate to have my kids be as jaded as you, ad afraid of 1/2 the population. Also, your statement about men thinking about sex as often as you said seems to bit a bit too ridiculous, especially when you try to make the leap that they could be thinking about your children, etc.

      Of course, I think this guy should be locked up for a long time, and still think that if they had touched my kids, that I would be he one trail for his demise, though I doubt there could be any significant repercussions for revenge, as many judges also have kids (or nieces/nephews, etc.).

      1. tracee says:

        By hiriing ‘males’ YOU consciously placed your children at risk! One does not have to be a man hater to recognize that males (and young onew with testosterone raging) are NOT the best source for babysitters.. Women molest as well understood. But, you are lucky and you were WRONG. And, you do not know whether something happened to your children or not…often they don’t tell for years, decades.

        Hopefully, that is not their story. But, being logical does not make one a hater.

      2. Julia says:

        I was sexually abused by my male babysitter when I was only 4.
        I have never left my own child with ANYONE other then my own mother because of that.
        I do not see it as being scared of the world,but PROTECTING MY OWN.
        I refused to let what happened to me happen to my child.
        And I will go to the ends of the earth to protect my child.
        Anyone ever does something heinous to her,I WILL KILL THEM,that is a fact.

        I’m with Joe,someone needs to take this loser out.That poor traumatized baby should not have had to start his life off this way!!

  19. MomOf1 says:

    I don’t understand why God lets this happen to innocent children.

    1. Zacchinc says:

      God controlling all action is a silly lie, its not biblical.

    2. MACM says:

      God gives us choices–don’t mistake this tragedy for something that God did

      1. Sabrina says:

        Apparently, only the criminals have choices, the victims are left out of the free will plan.

    3. WOW says:

      God does not “LET” these thing happen. People make their own choices. A person always has the choice but what they do with that choice is another story. It’s a shame that the innocent pay for the choices that these people, male or female make. Hopefully this child will have alot of love and support.

      1. a concerned citizen says:

        god had nothing to do with this… you go the same place when you die as you were before you were born… back into the void. having said that, speaking of death, shame on our a@!hole supreme court for shooting down the notion that child sexual predators be eligible for the death penalty.that crime(and crimes against the elderly) are 10 times,no 10,000,000 times worse than killing a cop or even murder in the heat of the moment, even murder in the commission of a felony… and prison(as someone who was there when it was full of MEN who respect MEN is now full of little boys more concerned about what color rag they have on their heads; unfortunately, he’ll probably get 15 yrs. and walk around the joint like that stuff is just fine and dandy; back in the day he wouldn’t have lasted 5 minutes…. these prisons cater to the p.o.s.’s, give them early parole, protect with “p.c.” (protective custody but more like punk city) i knew an 18 yr old boy w/ 50 yrs. FIFTY YEARS for making the mistake of selling cocaine(his first offense)…at the same time there was a 58 yr old man doing 5 yrs. for digitally penetrating a 3 yr old girl. Maryland is a backwards, f’d up state. if it was my child i would sit in prison for 20 yrs SATISFIED for killing that s.o.b….and believe me, they would prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law in this police state. they feel “sleighted” whenever an ordinary citizen acts on behalf of the defense of his own family… think about, all these so-called “officers” are drawn from the same age group as the “gangstas” and they treat the public, for the most part with the same tactics as the gangs: with fear, intimidation, and brutality. most of them are nothing more than a gang in blue.

    4. Megan says:

      Because god is just an idea. Like witches and vampires were once believed to be real so as to explain what was unexplainable at that time. God told Abraham to kill his son to test his loyalty. God took everything from Job to show Satan Job’s loyalty. Does that sound like something to follow without question? And these are stories from “God’s own book”. Not trying to start a religious comment battle but you asked and so I reply. Don’t just blow me off as a god-hating atheist (I am not!). Please just think aboutyour question and how often these tyes of things happen. They happen because people get bored and desensitized and search for something taboo to satisfy them. Sometimes the taboo they choose is illegal and horrifying.

      1. Mary V says:

        Megan, your questions don’t make you a god-hating atheist, you are looking for answers. The bible states that God visible in the garden of eden, but after man disobeyed him, he did not let man see him as he is. Abraham and Job both were of different eras. As many religious incidents of God presence, God appeared to
        humans in different eras in his own way. The bottom line is, God gave man the FREEDOM to choose right or wrong. But, many humans blame God when the results are bad after they had made the wrong choice. However, when the results are good after they had made the right choice, they bass in the fame of their own personal recognition.

    5. jewels says:

      We can’t rely on God to protect our children, we have to do it.

  20. Tracey Reitterer says:

    I don’t understand a criminal justice system that allows monsters like this to live!
    Nor do I understand a govenor who would halt executions of convicted murderers. Go figure….

  21. Baltimore says:


  22. blueclaw says:

    They have evidence…he admitted it….no trial needed. Execute him. There is no good left in a person who commits such a heinous act!! How anyone can even think of doing something like that to a child is beyond me.

  23. He is Good says:

    Sweetheart, God does not “cause” this to happen to innocent children. He loves us all enough to permit “free will”. This pervert was exercising his “will” freely, but that does not mean that God was in favor of his decision or condones his actions.
    Think of it this way: Heaven is like a perfect garden, in which, the most beatiful flowers grow forever. There is no room for evil weeds in the garden of heaven. In His wisdom, God has arranged for a period of “free will” that allows us to prove to Him, ourselves, and others, that we are either a beatiful flower or an evil weed. Judgement Day is a time that we are either planted and watered, or pulled up by the roots and allowed to wither for eternity (as this one shall be). Don’t lose your faith, due to frustration at the process. The fact that you are enraged by the evil of this perpretrator is evidence to God that you are in need of moist soil very close to Him.

    1. He is Good says:

      This was in reply to MomOf1.

    2. lynn says:

      NOT. People leave religion out of this. For Christ’s Sake

      1. VPutin says:

        Leave it out because you say so, why? If people took God serious , this type of crime would not take place, though I am in dream world -knowing that this sinful world is due for judgement.

  24. SLHJ says:

    This story just made my stomach turn. It’s sickening!!! How can you do that to an innocent baby!!! I hope the inmates give him a dose of his own medicine. SMDH!!!!

  25. Esperanza Hill says:

    This man was in complete control of himself. He did what he did to that child because he wanted to. I can’t even begin to warp my head around how someone could even put one foot in front of the other after doing that. I felt sick just thinking about how that child had suffered.

  26. DigitalBob says:

    Blindfold him, stand him up against a wall, and stuff a cigarette in his mouth.

  27. jhayes says:

    We (you and me) condone the rape of children in this country. Now, while we are all outraged and venting here (on this site) how many of you have written a judge who rewarded a child rapist with a few years in jail. How many of you have written your criminal politician’s to demand stiffer sentences?

    Do you realize that in Maryland (this country) the two crimes that are condoned and embraced by law enforcement are: crimes while driving a motor vehicle and under the influcence AND crimes against children.

    You STILL have people who will want to give this predator counselling and no death penalty. These crimes cry out for the death penalty. They are that severe.

    If the judge rewards this human wih less than life, they I expect ALL of you to be calling and faxing, writing and emailing him YOUR EXTREME ANGER!!!!!!! and your elected politicians as well.
    That is how you channel your anger; for change and for sentences that fit the crimes

    1. Leonard says:

      Rational and boiling mad, jhayes you are an exceptional person. I was that little boy thank God not damaged physically as severely. Reading your post actually brought my thinking back around to rational. Thank You.



  29. Leonard says:

    I initially was completely illogical after reading this. I believe jhayes has given us the answer. As a grown up little boy who has been sodomized my emotional mind would like for Ryan being so young to spend the rest of his life in prison wearing a plaque around his neck explaining why he is imprisoned. I would like for Ryan to get the best health care so he lives to a ripe old age having his rectum and colon abused every day until he leaves this earth sore, dialated and overcome with complications from years of unwelcomed anal sex. Death is getting off too easy for him.

  30. Leonard says:

    Please every one who believes in prayer let keep this baby in our thoughts and prayers that he recovers physically, psychologically, emothionally and lives a normal full and healthy life. This is terrible! This is beyond words.

    1. Lisa says:

      I will pray for you as well for the hell that you were put through. Hopefully, this baby will recover physically with no further complications. Fortunately, at one year old, he will not have any memory of this horrible crime. I am sorry that you do have horrible memories and that you were victim to such an act.

      I hope that Ryan gets the punishment that he deserves for this brutal crime. As jhayes stated, it is up to all of us to let those elected officials know where their constituents stand on these issues.

      God bless you, Leonard. I hope that you continue to find peace.

      1. Alun Palmer says:

        The victim will not recover with no complications. He has had a colostomy, which means spending the rest of his life wearing a plastic bag to collect his excrement.

        Nprmally, I oppose the death penalty very strongly, but for this case I would make an exception. With luck some prisoner who is already in for life may do away with him. Let’s hope so.

  31. Iluvyaserj Sipes says:

    Im with you Leonard pray for that poor baby.

  32. Sabrina Cooke says:

    What a piece of trash. I hope they get him in prison!

  33. Kimberly Carlisle says:

    WHERE WAS THIS BABY’S MOTHER??? I hope he recovers from his injuries.

  34. tami says:

    sad thing is the justice system is more for the rights of the abuser then those of the victim…u can tell that by casey’s case…it was all bout making sure she was happy and comfortable instead of treating her like she was someone special and she is nothing but a low life murderer and pathological liar who got slap on wrist for murder…lets hope justice serves this little boy alot better.

  35. Audrey Michelle Chavis Blackmon says:

    Sick bastereds.I had chld molesters.

  36. michele says:

    thats what i say. give him life in hell. make him feel PAIN every minute his n there. there r so many ways to inflict pain im sure he cant like it all.

  37. Jeanne Clarke says:

    He may not have any “memory” but you can’t tell me there won’t be psychological effects for a long time – possibly triggered in the future by something – he has been traumatized beyond belief and is too young to be able to cope with that on his own. I read once, a long time ago, that no matter how well you know a guy, or how good a friend he is, you are tempting fate when you let a guy babysit your kids. Although women can and do molest children, it’s often not as many and not to the same degree as men. I would not want a man who was not my daughter or son’s father putting them to bed at night, helping them wash up – anything. I don’t hate men and I’m not afraid of them. Call me sexist even. I have no problems with single men adopting or raising kids. They are parents. I’ve heard of too many cases of male sitters molesting kids.

  38. Diane Majette says:

    The idea of it at all is so incredibly sick…how could he do this at al,l let alone watching the baby suffer while he was doing this. I just can’t wrap my head around this!

  39. jason says:

    this story and comments got me thinking..well first of all the story at hand, yes this is a sick twisted individual. and him being raped in prison would of course be equal punishment for the disgusting act that he committed.eye for and eye and all that. but it also got me thinking about all the folks that go to jail and some of whom get raped,and they happen to be non violent offenders. kind of a rabbit trail, but thats some serious injustice as well. i mean for instance someone in jail for say stolen car. deserve to be punished of course, but i dont think the punishment should be severe as rape. most would consider that cruel and unusual.and while most criminals have only themselves to blame for being in jail, what about the folks that are falsely accused and suffer such horrible trauma they dont deserve. just wondering if perhaps there are any groups who are fighting to stop prison rape and perhaps if there is less/more of it than there was in the past.

    1. Alun Palmer says:

      Prisons used to be mixed gender, more than about a century ago, but all the women got raped. Separating the genders didn’t solve the problem. There were fewer rapes, but most of them were against the orientation of the victims, which of course is worse, however you look at it.

  40. Darian says:

    @ Bullfrog- the only thing I disagree with is you are saying it is not normal for a mem to babysit a child , there are female pedophiles also don’t be so sexist and narrow minded. You just simply need to trust whoever you leave your kids with.

  41. SMT115 says:


  42. LWSambo says:

    Put the guy in genearl population,,,,problem solved,,correct sentence served.

  43. C.C. says:

    Such a sad story but I think you will all agree that our children have no voice in this country. Lawyers continue to protect the rights of these animals our judges are far too linient with these offenders, if he had done that to an adult it would be a different story. He will likely end up in some rehab center because they will say he is sick…I say sick like a fox. These perverts wait and watch and pounce on our innocent children and until lawyers refuse to defend them and judges hand out stiffer sentences it will continue, because the baby can’t testify, can’t scream, can’t object, can’t do anything but suiffer at the hands of ADULTS. he is not only victimized by him, but by society too. So Sad.

  44. Shirley Nash says:

    Untill we give sever punishment to these terrible people they aren’t going to stop.. Punishment should be so terrible they would be scared to do these things!

    1. Alun Palmer says:

      Sever punishment? Like severing something? Is that a Freudian slip?

  45. letstellthetruth says:


  46. workingman says:

    IF I WERE THE CHILDS FATHER THERE would be no place this guy could hide .if it took all my money and the rest of my life!!!!

  47. Gayle Johnson says:

    Hang him high by the balls and poke little holes in him all over so all his blood drains out, slather him with honey and bust a bee hive on his sick ass. I do not want my tax dollars paying for this s.o.b. to live. That poor child.

  48. bullrider says:

    My wife and I are at long last about to have our first child, and if anyone ever harms that child they will answer to me. What the courts might do to them will be nothing.

  49. Angel says:

    There should be NO JUSTICE, PUT HIM IN DIRT FOREVER!!!

  50. Brandi says:

    Oh my god! This is one of the most horrible things I have ever read. This guy needs serious help! My first instinct is like everyone elses; that he deserves bodily harm or worse, but the reality is this probably happened to him at some point in his life and he is acting out. The bottom line however, is people are molested every day and even though that is a very traumatizong thing to endure, it is up to that person to show self control when there may be urges to repeat that behavior.This is a shame. He really needs to stop the cycle. Now if he wasnt a victum himself and he did this then that makes him a very ill, demented individual. Either way there are no excuses for what he did, but if he was a victum he needs help!

  51. beyond broken hearted says:

    I am sickened by this story. As a mother of 4 boys, 1 of which is just a year old himself, I would make the thought of jail seem like a walk in the park compared to what I would do to this guy. There is NO way I would ever hire a male babysitter, I don’t care how well you think you know someone. Every article of a baby/toddler being sexually assaulted to the point of damage or death has been at the hands of a male. There was a video a couple of years ago of 2 teen boys taking what looked like a 1 year old, laying him on a big pillow, then jumping on the pillow and launching the poor child into the air and onto the floor. The baby kept trying to get away and they kept getting him and doing it again. While females are not exempt to nasty behavior and can do horrible things themselves (think Shaken Baby Syndrome for instance), I think you have more of a chance of getting someone nurturing. Of course, I am distrusting of anyone but my husband, mom and me when it comes to our children which is why they have never been left with anyone but one of the 3 of us. 😦 What does this mean for this baby’s future? Will he ever be okay or does something like that never get fixed/heal? 😥

  52. Marie Blankenship says:

    are they accepting donations somewhere to help the baby’s family get therapy and pay for the surgery? if there is please post where donations can be made. I’d like to make one. thank you.

  53. jewels says:

    “Sheppard appeared Monday at his bail review without an attorney.”
    Any lawyer that defends this peice of $h!t is just as sick in the head as his client.

  54. James says:

    This Fool should be put in a circle and every member of the childs family given a base ball bat and let them deliver justice to his ass.

  55. Michael Spencer says:

    Under the law, even “sickos” like him have the right to a defense, although I fail to see what defense a lawyer could come up with. I am tired of offenders using excuses for their actions like:” I had a bad upbringing, my parents got divorced, people picked on me, etc when they’re really just bad people, who are wasting space on our planet. This little child is marked for life and I pray for his recovery. I heard that there is a code of conduct even among criminals, and that
    they hate child offenders. Lets hope the guards look the other way, when they take care of “animals” like him!

  56. Misty says:

    How could any man ever even maintain an erection hearing the horrible screams of agony from this little innocent child? This makes me beyond sick to hear. There are no words left.

  57. TAKE OUT THE TRASH says:

    EXECUTE THIS SLIME IMMEDIATELY! Such a savage piece of trash need not inhabit the planet.


  58. Truth Detector says:

    In Fredericksburg, Maryland you need to know this pervert when you see him near your son:

  59. jh says:

    send him to perkins they seem to be making a run on killing patients lately because liberal omalley sure wont do it

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