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Brittany Slaughter and Adam Hayes killed Chloe Darnel: Cops

New details have emerged in the case of a Kentucky couple accused of killing a 4-year-old girl in their care who was last seen alive by family and friends in September before she was reported missing earlier this month. Authorities are now saying that 24-year-old Brittany Slaughter and her 34-year-old boyfriend, Adam Hayes, both of whom were arrested last week, had a history of physically abusing the victim, 4-year-old Chloe Darnel.

The duo are both facing charges for murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence.

Adam Hayes, Chloe Darnell, Brittany Slaughter

Adam Hayes (Whitley County Detention Center), Chloe Darnell (Whitley County Sheriff’s Department), Brittany Slaughter (Whitley County Detention Center)

As previously reported by Law&Crime, Slaughter is Chloe’s cousin and had custody of the child when she died.

The newly revealed background information came out during the suspects’ preliminary hearings on Monday morning.

According to a report from Lexington, Kentucky, CBS and CW affiliate WKYT, a deputy with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department testified that when authorities were able to locate Slaughter, she was hiding out in a home in Cumberland Falls, which is about 15 miles northwest of the couples’ home in Williamsburg. Upon being discovered, she allegedly told police that she was attempting to avoid being found.

Per WKYT, she allegedly told police that Chloe didn’t actually go missing, as she reported earlier this month. Instead, she reportedly said that the little girl climbed on a shelf in her bedroom and fell off sometime in August of this year. Slaughter reportedly told police that she didn’t seek medical attention because she was high on illegal narcotics at the time of the alleged accident, which resulted in Chloe’s death.

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