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CULLOM -- A four-year-old foster child died as a result of head injuries, an autopsy showed Friday, as authorities continue their investigation into the cause of her injuries.

Peoria County Johnna Ingersoll said she is working with Livingston County authorities to determine "how the injuries were sustained" but would not be more specific. An inquest will be scheduled, she said.

No arrests have been made, said Sgt. Earl Dutko of the Livingston County Sheriff's Department.

The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of abuse and neglect against the foster mother and allegations of neglect against the foster father, according to DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe. He previously described "severe physical abuse" against the girl.

The foster parents had not previously been investigated by DCFS, he said. They received their foster care license on July 13, 2010.

Livingston County State's Attorney Tom Brown said he has not received police reports in connection with the girl's injuries.

Kianna Rudesill was taken by a Cullom Fire Department ambulance from a foster home in Cullom to Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, at 12:48 p.m. Tuesday. Ingersoll said someone at the Cullom residence called 911 and said the child was having "seizure-like" symptoms.

The child was unresponsive when rescue workers arrived, she said.

Kianna was flown from the Pontiac hospital to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where she was declared brain dead at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Ingersoll said.

Kianna was maintained on life support until Thursday so out-of-state family members could arrive, Ingersoll said.

The girl was the oldest of four siblings placed in the foster home in August, Marlowe said.

According to McLean County court documents, the biological mother, who is from Bloomington, was charged with two counts of child endangerment in August. One charge was dismissed in a plea agreement and she was sentenced to 18 months' conditional discharge.

The state's attorney's office said the mother left broken glass on the floor of her residence.

Marlowe said Kianna and her siblings were the first to be placed in the Cullom foster home. Besides the four foster children, the foster parents have two "young" biological children, he said.

Marlowe said Kianna's siblings and the two other children have been removed from the home and placed in other foster homes.


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