Kentucky authorities arrested Brittany Slaughter, 24, and her boyfriend, Adam Hayes, 34, following a troubling revelation linked to the disappearance of 4-year-old Chloe Darnell.
The authorities, who believe they’ve found the child’s body, have charged the pair with murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence.
This distressing case took a puzzling turn when it was revealed that although young Chloe had not been seen since September, her absence went unreported until recently, according to a press release from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. Brittany Slaughter, who had custody of the girl, now finds herself in custody facing grave accusations alongside her boyfriend, Adam Hayes.
Specific information about the state of Darnell’s body upon being found has not been revealed or made public at this time.
However, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that the child’s body has been forwarded to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy and official identification.
Kentucky Pursuit of Justice
Initially, both Slaughter and Darnell were considered missing persons when the investigation was first launched earlier this week.
A crucial breakthrough came when authorities located a red 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer that was potentially linked to Slaughter’s disappearance. The vehicle was found, and thankfully, Slaughter was reported as unharmed.
Brittany Slaughter was apprehended at 4:10 a.m. this morning, following Hayes’ earlier booking on Thursday evening.
Hayes faces additional charges relating to possession offenses. Both individuals await further legal proceedings, and additional criminal charges against them are anticipated as the investigation progresses.
With Slaughter’s bond set at $1.5 million and Hayes required to post $1,605,000 for pretrial release due to additional offenses, the legal process is just beginning for the accused couple. They are scheduled for arraignment on Monday, as confirmed by a court official.
This disturbing incident has left a community in shock and mourning for little Chloe Darnell. As authorities strive for justice, the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding her disappearance and tragic end continue to unfold, leaving many seeking answers and closure.