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Foster-child death trial postponed

It'll be September at the earliest when Heather Lamie stands trial for the 2011 death of a foster-child who was in her care. A court proceeding in Pontiac postponed a trial date for the Cullom woman. The court action marks the 4th time the trial date has been changed.

Heather Lamie is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill. The trial was originally to start in October, but was moved to January, then to April, then to June 23 in part because an expert was unavailable.

A Livingston County Judge (Mark Fellheimer) Friday granted a defense motion to continue the trial again. Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff still has not received a report from the defense's expert witness. It is expected to be completed in late June, giving both sides time to prepare for a September court date.

The 30-year-old Lamie, now living in Kankakee County, was indicted on murder charges in June 2013. If convicted, she faces mandatory life imprisonment. A conviction on endangering the life and health of a child could bring probation or two to 10 years in prison.

Kianna Rudesill was a foster child in the Lamie home when she died of head injuries the day after rescue personnel were called to the home.

A Peoria County Coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide.

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