A caregiver, Claudette Foster, was charged with two counts each of second-degree murder and cruelty to children after two 3-year-old twins were found dead in a vehicle in the 200 block of Augusta Way in Hinesville, Georgia.
Foster said Raelynn and Payton Keyes, went missing the morning of Sept. 29, according to police. The detective said that the children climbed into the car because they weren’t being watched. Police said the children were initially missing for hours before they were found unresponsive in the back seat of a car.
Police contacted Foster’s attorney and she turned herself in on Oct. 14 without incident. Hinesville Police said Foster was contracted to take care of the children through the State of Georgia.
The children’s biological mother told WSAV that Foster mistreated her daughters in the past. She reported bad behavior to the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services days before they died.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the preliminary autopsy report stated the cause of death for the twins as heatstroke and was ruled accidental.
Hinesville Police announced the charges against Foster roughly two weeks after the deaths of Payton and Raelynn Keyes.
Liberty County Magistrate Judge Angela Roberts denied her bond.
Roberts and police said Foster is not an American citizen and is facing serious charges.
Detectives explained the second-degree murder charge Foster faced was not that common.
“Murder in the second-degree is essentially when a child dies while they’re being neglected, during the commission of cruelty to children in the second-degree, so that’s why murder in the second degree applies here,” Hinesville Police Department Detective Bryan Wolfe said, according to WTOC-TV.