Crime

Boyle County woman is indicted in death of step-granddaughter

A grand jury has indicted a Boyle County woman on a charge of murder in connection with the death of her 3-year-old step-granddaughter, Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms said Thursday.

Shila Lou Raley, 40, was indicted Wednesday. She is charged in the June 23 death of Alexa Raley, Bottoms said. An autopsy showed that the girl died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen and torso, Bottoms said.

The girl was unresponsive when Shila Raley brought her to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville on June 23. Alexa was later transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, where she died.

Danville police lodged Shila Raley in the Boyle County Detention Center on Thursday, where she remained without bond.

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