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Mother also arrested in 2-year-old son’s death, charged with criminal abuse

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A Ghent woman has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the death her 2-year-old son.

Amanda Foster, 28, of Ghent, was arrested at her home April 1, by Kentucky State Police Detective Mickey Gonterman on charges of first degree criminal abuse and transfer of a controlled substance to a minor.

Foster made the call to dispatchers Feb. 19, telling them her child, Bradley James Allen, 2, was discovered that morning dead in his bed. KSP said in a news release that Foster is the boy’s mother and dating the father.

The father, Douglas Allen, 26, of Ghent, was arrested and charged with the child’s murder March 7, after he was interviewed by KSP at Post 5 in Campbellsburg.

After talking to Allen, KSP said in a news release that detectives believed he allegedly gave his son a Schedule II narcotic on the night of Feb. 18, which led to the child’s death.

Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite said the autopsy report shows the toddler had high levels of oxycodone and oxymophone in his system.

Wilhoite said could not release the toxicology report levels on the child due to the active KSP investigation. However, he said the report, based on blood and urine samples from the child, show high levels that indicate that he had been given more than one dose over an extended period of time.

According to a news release from KSP, Foster is lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center. 

Douglas Allen also remains in jail at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Gonterman is leading the ongoing investigation.