Foster mother charged with first degree murder

By Mark Bullion

June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. -- A Livingston County foster mom has pleaded "not guilty" to first degree murder charges in the death of a four-year-old girl in her care.

Friday, a Livingston County Grand Jury indicted Heather Lamie on two counts of First Degree Murder in the death of Kianna Rudesill.

Rudesill died in May of 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Her cause of death was listed as serious brain trauma and multiple injuries to her face, back, and legs.

While a Peoria Coroner's jury ruled the child's death a homicide, Dr. Becky Kalvelage-Roth, a clinical psychologist, said she believed Kianna injured herself during a temper tantrum.

Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff, elected in November, called for a review of the case by a Grand Jury.

He said Heather Lamie faces life in prison if convicted.

"Because Heather is over the age of 17, and because the victim is under the age of 12, if she's convicted of first degree murder, then it's a mandatory life sentence in prison," said Uphoff.

Heather Lamie's bond is set at $2 million.