Kentucky police have made marked progress in the case of the missing 4-year-old girl, Chloe Darnell, announcing the arrest of her cousin, Brittany Slaughter, and her boyfriend, Adam Hayes.
Authorities suspect they have located the child’s body, although the condition remains unclear. The discovery comes months after Darnell was last seen in September but was not reported missing until recently.
The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department sent a news statement stating that Brittany Slaughter, 24, was in charge of Chloe Darnell. Both Slaughter and her 34-year-old boyfriend, Adam Hayes, now face multiple charges, including murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence, as per records from the Whitley County Detention Center, reviewed by Fox News Digital.
The exact circumstances surrounding the discovery of Darnell’s body have not been disclosed. According to the agency, her remains have been sent to the Frankfort office of the state medical examiner for identification and autopsy.
Arrests Made in Missing Child Case
The investigation initially began with both Slaughter and Darnell considered missing persons when the department first announced their case on Tuesday. Subsequently, on the following day, investigators posted photos of a 2009 red Mitsubishi Lancer, suggesting that “Brittney Slaughter may have been operating before her… disappearance.”
On Thursday, the vehicle was found, and investigators confirmed that Slaughter’s “status and welfare [were] reported as unharmed.”
Brittany Slaughter was arrested and booked at 4:10 a.m. on Friday. Adam Hayes had been booked earlier on Thursday evening, facing additional charges such as felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, and trafficking in heroin.
Police have indicated that further criminal charges against Slaughter and Hayes are pending as the investigation unfolds.
Brittany Slaughter’s total bond is $1.5 million, while Hayes must post that amount plus an additional $105,000 for his extra offenses to secure pretrial release.
Slaughter and Hayes are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, according to a court employee who provided the information to Fox News Digital on Friday. The arrests and ongoing investigation mark significant developments in the case of the missing 4-year-old, Chloe Darnell.
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