4-year-old Kentucky girl found murdered, suspects close to her accused of deadly betrayal

On Friday, Kentucky law enforcement revealed the apprehension of the cousin of a 4-year-old girl who had gone missing, along with her boyfriend. This arrest followed the discovery of what authorities suspect to be the child’s remains.

Chloe Darnell, the missing 4-year-old, was last seen in September, but her disappearance was only reported recently, according to a press release from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

Brittany Slaughter, 24, who had custody of the girl, and her 34-year-old boyfriend, Adam Hayes, are now facing charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence, as indicated by records from the Whitley County Detention Center reviewed by Fox News Digital.

The state of Darnell’s body remains unclear. Authorities have sent her body to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy and positive identification, according to the department.

Chloe Darnell, 4, reported missing earlier this week, was found deceased on Friday, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday, when the department initially declared their inquiry, Slaughter and Darnell were classified as individuals whose whereabouts were unknown.

Subsequently, the department released images of a 2009 red Mitsubishi Lancer, suggesting that “Brittney Slaughter may have been operating prior to her… disappearance.”

Brittany Slaughter, the cousin with custody of Chloe Darnell’s child, along with her boyfriend Adam Hayes, is now confronted with charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence. (Image source: Whitley County Detention Center/Whitley County Sheriff’s Department)

The vehicle was discovered on Thursday, as stated in an update by investigators, who reported that Slaughter’s “status and welfare [were] reported as unharmed.” At 4:10 a.m. today, Slaughter was apprehended and officially booked.

Initially classified as a missing person at the age of 24, Slaughter was found on Thursday in an “unharmed” condition, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. Subsequently, she was arrested early Friday morning following the recovery of a body presumed to be that of Darnell. (Image source: Whitley County Detention Center)

Hayes, who was officially booked on Thursday evening according to jail records, now confronts additional charges, including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, and trafficking in heroin.

Slaughter, on the other hand, entered the facility around 4:10 a.m. on Friday. Police have indicated that there are pending additional criminal charges against both Slaughter and Hayes.

Slaughter’s total bond is recorded at $1.5 million, while Hayes is required to post that amount plus an additional $105,000 for his supplementary offenses in order to secure pretrial release.

Both individuals are set to be arraigned on Monday, as confirmed by a court employee speaking to Fox News Digital on Friday.

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