Couple face murder charges in child's death
Friday, April 11, 2014 11:00 AM
A Ghent couple face nine charges each - including a count of murder - after being indicted this week by a Carroll County Grand Jury following the February death of their 2-year-old son.
Douglas Allen, 26, and Amanda Foster, 28, were both charged with murder, a capital offense; three counts of criminal abuse and two counts of transferring a controlled substance to a minor, all Class C felonies; and tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and trafficking in a controlled substance in the second degree, all Class D felonies.
Allen and Foster could face 50 years to life in jail and a fine of not less than $10,000 if found guilty of the murder charge.
The charges stem from an investigation into the death of the couple's son on the night of Feb. 18.
Foster called Carroll County dispatchers around 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 19 to report finding her son dead in his bed, police said.
Police believe the couple gave their son a lethal dose of prescription drugs the night of the child's death. A toxicology report showed the boy had "extremely high" levels of oxycodone in his system.
The child did not have any reason to be on prescription painkillers, Kentucky State Police Post 5 spokesman Brad Arterburn said. Neither the child nor either parent had a prescription for oxycodone, police said.
An investigation led KSP troopers to believe the couple had given the child the drug "multiple times," Arterburn said.
The Carroll County Grand Jury also indicted 50-year-old Paul Byers of Ghent on charges of tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and trafficking in a controlled substance in the second degree, all Class D felonies, in connection with the case.
Arterburn said police believe Byers took pills from home of Allen and Foster in February and returned the drugs to the couple after police investigated at the home.
Allen, Foster and Byers remain lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton.