Foster mom charged with murder after twins die in hot car

Posted at 11:12 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 12:12:48-04

HINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia foster mom has been charged with second-degree murder after 3-year-old twins were found dead in a hot car.

News outlets report Claudette Foster was charged after Payton and Raelynn Keyes went missing late last month and were found dead hours later in the car in Hinesville.

A police statement says autopsies determined the children died from accidental heatstroke.

Georgia law allows charging caregivers with second-degree murder when children die because of cruelty stemming from criminal negligence. Foster is also charged with second-degree child cruelty.

Hinesville police Detective Bryan Wolfe told WSAV-TV that Foster's "lack of supervision for the children ... allowed them to enter the vehicle and pass away."

Foster has been jailed without bond in Liberty County. It was not immediately known if she has an attorney.