Boyfriend now charged in hot car deaths of Georgia twins
HINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A man has now been criminally charged after twin girls were found dead in a hot car in coastal Georgia in September.
Sam Edwards was arrested Dec. 19 and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree child abuse, WTOC-TV reported. Edwards is engaged to Claudette Foster, who was arrested on similar charges in October.
Foster was the foster mother to 3-year-old twins Payton and Raelynn Keyes. The pair went missing and were found dead hours later from accidental heatstroke in a car in Hinesville. Surveillance video showed the children climbing into a car at a neighbor’s house.
Georgia law allows charging caregivers with second-degree murder when children die because of cruelty stemming from criminal negligence.
Edwards was living at the house where the Keyes children were found dead. Employees of the Division of Family and Children Services had expressed concern about Foster leaving the children at Edwards’ house.
Edwards remains jailed without bail in Liberty County. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer. Foster was released on bail earlier in December.