Murder case update

By Joe P. Asher -

Sierra Foster

More information is now available on a woman’s arrest on charges including murder on Tuesday stemming from the death of her infant.

Sierra Foster, 23, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Det. Josh Howard on Tuesday.

According to the citation, social services and the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office responded to apartment 28 at Eastbrook apartments for a well-being check on the infant. Foster answered the door and stated the infant was not inside the residence. A search of the residence located the infant, deceased in the bedroom. KSP detectives were requested to come to the scene to perform further investigation. Foster agreed to speak with police. She was mirandized and transported to Kentucky State Police Post 10 for an interview. Foster admitted to police she had used methamphetamine multiple times, resulting in the neglect and the death of her infant. Foster stated that after using methamphetamine, she went to sleep with the infant in the bed. She said due to using methamphetamine, she was unaware of what happened during the next 12 hours and upon waking she found the infant deceased in the bed. Foster stated she does not remember the infant being brought home by family members at 6 p.m. the day before. After the investigation at the scene was completed, the body of the infant was turned over to the Harlan County Coroner.

A press release issued by the Kentucky State Police states at 11:19 a.m. on Tuesday, Kentucky State Police Post 10 was contacted for assistance by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. Social Services had received a complaint in regards to Foster being under the influence and unable to care for the child. An autopsy will be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.

Howard, KSP Detectives Kevin Miller, Aaron Frederick, and KSP Troopers Jake Spurlock and Justin Barton responded to the scene.

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.

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