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US Woman Charged with Murder of Baby Adopted from S. Korea

A 28-year-old American woman has been arrested in the United States on charges of killing a one-year-old girl she and her husband adopted from South Korea about six months ago, a U.S. media report said on Dec. 16,.

Rebecca Kyrie always dreamed of adopting a child. Six months after her dream came true, she is accused of killing the Korean baby in a fit of rage.

Rebecca R. Kyrie, 28, Sheridan, was being held without bond on Dec.14 in the Hamilton County Jail. - Provided by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

The news came days after a Dutch diplomat in Hong Kong drew public fire for allegedly abandoning a seven-year-old South Korean-born girl he and his wife adopted as an infant.

On Dec. 14, the 28-year-old Sheridan woman appeared in Hamilton Superior Court in Noblesville to face charges of murder, battery resulting in death, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and aggravated battery.

The charges stem from the Sept. 4 death of Hei Min Chung, a 13-month-old girl being adopted by Kyrie and her husband, David.
Medical and police authorities claim Kyrie shook the girl so violently that the baby suffered fatal brain injuries.

Kyrie was arrested Thursday and is being held without bond in the Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville.

The arrest followed a three-month investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff Department. It stunned those who know Kyrie, a regular churchgoer who performed dance interpretations of Bible stories at Church of Praise in Eagletown.

Hei Min Chung, 13 months, died Sept. 4. Police said the girl had been shaken so violently that she suffered fatal brain injuries. (Provided by Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)

Sheriff's spokesman Maj. Mark Bowen said Friday that Kyrie offered no explanation for her baby's condition when she called 911 on Sept. 3 and reported the child was frothing at the mouth.

Later, however, she referred to personal problems, according to evidence filed in court.

Chung was adopted to the Kyries in June through Bethany Christian Services and was called Chaeli by her adoptive parents.

Police alleged that Kyrie shook the baby girl so violently on Sept. 3, causing abusive head trauma which resulted in her death the next day. Her husband, David, was at work at the time, and her two biological sons were with her.

Although Kyrie denies the charges, her six-year-old son is reported to have told an investigator that his mother told him not to say what happened to the girl, the report said.

Kyle was known among her neighbors for being a regular churchgoer who even performed dance interpretations of Bible stories at the church.

In an interview with Indianapolis-based TV news, 6News, her brother, George Cooper said Kyle, a extremely loving and caring mother, would not have abused the child.

"There's every possibility in my mind that this was a pre-existing condition and that it just took time to bear itself out," he said. (Agencies)




 

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