Sarah Maire Bierly

Sarah Maire Bierly

PEKIN — A Pekin woman was arrested early Tuesday morning after the death of a 2-year-old-girl in her care.

According to Indiana State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at about midnight regarding an unresponsive child at a residence along Poplar Street in Pekin.

The child was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Salem and was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital.

Police executed a search warrant of the residence and spoke to family members at the scene. After further investigation, the live-in girlfriend of the child’s father, 30-year-old Sarah Maire Bierly, was later arrested at Washington County Jail.

Bierly was charged with neglect of a dependent causing death, a Level 1 felony. An autopsy of the child is slated for Tuesday afternoon.

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