A Harlan woman is facing charges including murder after police allegedly found her 2-month-old child deceased at her residence.
Sierra Foster, 23, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Det. Josh Howard on Tuesday.
According to a press release, at 11:19 a.m. on Tuesday, Kentucky State Police Post 10 was contacted for assistance by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were assisting Harlan County Social Services with a welfare check at Eastbrook Station Road, apartment 28, and discovered a 2-month-old child deceased in the residence. Social Services had received a complaint in regards to the mother, Sierra Foster, being under the influence and unable to care for the child. KSP Detectives Josh Howard, Kevin Miller, Aaron Frederick, and KSP Troopers Jake Spurlock and Justin Barton responded to the apartment and began an investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates Foster was under the influence and had not cared for the child for at least 12 hours. An autopsy will be performed on Wednesday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.
Foster was charged with murder, first-degree criminal abuse, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
The case is still under investigation by Det. Josh Howard.