Southern Indiana woman charged with murder in death of boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter

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Sarah Maire Bierly

Sarah Maire Bierly

PEKIN, Ind. (WANE) An Indiana State Police investigation led to the arrest of a southern Indiana woman on Tuesday for the death of a two-year-old girl under her care. Following an autopsy, the woman has been charged with murder

According to a news release from Indiana State Police, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department were sent to a home at around midnight Tuesday in the town of Pekin following a 911 call regarding an unresponsive child.

The child was taken to a hospital where it was pronounced dead.

As part of the investigation, the Washington County sheriff requested the assistance of Indiana State Police and a search warrant was obtained for the home where the child was found.

A detective spoke with 30-year-old Sarah Maire Bierly, the live-in-girlfriend of the child’s father, as well as other family members at the scene.  

The investigation continued at the Washington County Jail, where the detective later arrested Bierly for Neglect of a Dependent Causing Death, a Level 1 Felony.  

An autopsy Tuesday afternoon by a forensic pathologist determined the little girl died from multiple blunt force injuries which led to the addition of the murder charge.

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