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Illinois foster mom charged in death of 4-year-old

June 22, 2013

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — A Livingston County grand jury has indicted a former foster mother on two counts of murder in the 2011 death of a 4-year-old girl under her care.

Livingston County state’s attorney Seth Uphoff says 29-year-old Heather Lamie was arrested at her Kankakee County home late Friday evening.

She’s charged in the death of Kianna Russell. The girl died in May 2011 at a Peoria hospital, a day after an ambulance was called to the Cullom home where the girl lived with Heather Lamie and her husband, Joshua Lamie.

The death later was ruled a homicide. The death certificate lists blunt trauma and brain injuries as the cause of death.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://tinyurl.com/lmg8llj ) Lamie also was charged with one count of endanger the life and health of a child.

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