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Foster child’s death ruled a homicide

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2011

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – A coroner’s jury in Peoria County has ruled that the May death of a 4-year-old girl who had been living in a foster home was a homicide.

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said Tuesday that Kianna Rudesill was living in a foster home in Cullom in rural eastern Illinois on May 3 when she suffered numerous injuries to her head, back, arms and legs. The girl was taken to a Peoria hospital where she died the next day.

The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reported that a pathologist found that Kianna couldn’t have suffered such a range of injuries on her own.

Family members such as Kianna’s mother, Tawnee Jones, want to know why no one has been arrested.

Livingston County Sheriff’s Detective Doug Bunting said an investigation is ongoing.

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