Bedford woman arrested in connection to death of infant
LAWRENCE COUNTY - SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 - On November 23, 2022, officers and detectives with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to IU Health in Bedford for a report of possible child abuse involving an infant. Investigators learned that Elliaunna Plummer, 19 months old, had been brought to the hospital for injuries that were consistent with abuse.
Photo: Cheyenne Hill 33, Bedford was arrested in connection with the death of an infant
Elliaunna was flown to Riley Hospital, where she died from her injuries a few days later. Sheriff’s Office Detectives, led by Capt. Jim Slone, conducted an extensive and exhaustive investigation into the events surrounding and leading up to Elliaunna’s death.
The investigation included forensic analysis, dozens of interviews, polygraphs, and electronic device analysis just to name a few. Upon completion of the several months-long investigation, detectives submitted their report to the prosecutor. Detective Slone prepared and submitted a probable cause affidavit, which led to an arrest warrant being issued by the Honorable Judge John Plummer of Lawrence Superior Court 1 on Cheyenne Hill (33 years old of Bedford) for Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death (Level 1 Felony).
The warrant had nationwide extradition for Hill. Investigators had knowledge that Hill had moved to Michigan and was staying in various places in the northern part of that state. On September 17, 2023, officers in Marquette County, Michigan located and arrested Hill after conducting a traffic stop on her. Marquette County, Michigan is approximately 11 hours from Bedford.
An extradition hearing was held in Michigan, where Hill waived extradition. Lawrence County Sheriff Transport Officers brought Hill back to Lawrence County on September 25th, where she was booked into the Lawrence County Jail for the warrant. Sheriff Day praised the work of investigators.
“I could not be prouder of the thorough, detailed investigation that our detectives conducted that has led to this arrest. Cases like this are extremely difficult, both in an investigative sense and to involved officers on a personal level. Capt. Slone and his crew worked tirelessly on obtaining justice for Elliaunna. Not a day has gone by since November that this case has not been at the forefront of our officer’s efforts.” said Sheriff Greg Day.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation were IU Health, Riley Children’s Hospital, the Marion County Coroner’s Office, Indiana Department of Child Services, and the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office.
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