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A Carroll County grand jury indicted a Ghent couple Monday, April 7, on nine charges, including murder, after the death of their 2-year-old son.
Douglas J. Allen, 26, and Amanda M. Foster, 27, were charged with murder, a capital offense punishable by imprisonment of 20-50 years or life imprisonment and a fine of $1,000-10,000. The indictment states that on or about Feb. 18 and or Feb. 19, 2014, “alone or in complicity with another” Allen and Foster intentionally killed their son, Bradley J. Allen, 2, by giving him a lethal dose of a controlled substance, or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, they wantonly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to their son by giving him a lethal dose of a controlled substance and thereby causing his death.
A report from the state medical examiner concludes that Bradley James Allen, 2, died from acute oxycodone intoxication. Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite said, according to the autopsy report, the toddler had high levels of oxycodone and oxymophone in his system. Allen was found dead at his home on Feb. 18.
Kentucky State Police arrested Douglas Allen March 7 after interviewing him at Post 5 in Campbellsburg. Amanda Foster was arrested April 1, at her home.
Allen and Foster also were charged with first-degree criminal abuse, a class C felony, punishable by imprisonment of 5-10 years and a fine of $1,000-10,000 in that on or about Feb. 18 and/or Feb. 19, they intentionally abused their son and “thereby caused him serious physical injury; or placed him in a situation that may have caused him seriousphysical injury; or, caused torture or cruel punishment to him.”
On the third count, they were charged with transferring a controlled substance to a minor, first offense, a class C felony. On the fourth and fifth counts, they were charged with first-degree criminal abuse, a class C felony, in that on or about a day or days between Feb. 17, 2013, and Feb. 17, 2014, they intentionally abused their son and allowed him to be abused by the other parent.
On count six, Allen and Foster were charged with transferring a controlled substance to a minor, first offense, a class C felony, on or about a day or days between Feb. 17, 2013 and Feb. 17, 2014. On count seven, they were charged with tampering with physical evidence, a class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000-10,000, on or about Feb. 19. They also were charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense in that they knowingly and unlawfully trafficked a Schedule II narcotic drug, namely Oxycodone. On count nine, they were charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, a class D felony in that he knowingly and unlawfully trafficked a Schedule III narcotic drug, namely hydrocodone.
Allen and Foster will appear in Carroll County Circuit Court May 5 for a pre-trial conference. They are lodged at Carroll County Detention Center.
Kentucky State Police Detective Mickey Gonterman investigated the case.