A Georgia foster mom has been charged with second-degree murder after three-year-old twins were found dead in a hot car.
Claudette Foster was charged about two weeks after Payton and Raelynn Keyes went missing on September 29.
Raelynn and Payton died inside the vehicle that was parked in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of Augusta Way in Hinesville, about 1.45pm, shortly after their foster parents called 911 to report them missing.
Temperatures had reached as high as 92 degrees Fahrenheit that day, according to investigators.
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 said 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.
Earlier this month, Skye Keyes, the twins’ biological mother expressed her heartbreak over their tragic deaths.
Keyes, said she last saw her daughters on September 27 with a caseworker. She told WTOC she’s devastated and her family has been left ‘broken’ by yet another tragic loss.