Pekin Woman arrested in Death of Two-Year-Old Girl

A Pekin woman is facing a serious felony charge after a two-year girl died in her care.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a Poplar Street address in Pekin after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child just after midnight Tuesday morning.

The child was immediately transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital and pronounced dead by the coroner’s office.

Officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence as part of the investigation and spoke with 30-year-old Sarah Marie Bierly, the live-in girlfriend of the child’s father, as well as other family members at the scene.

The investigation continued at the Washington County Jail, where Sarah Bierly was arrested for Neglect of a Dependent Causing Death, a Level 1 Felony.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this afternoon.

This case is still under investigation and will be updated as information becomes available.

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