Jury selection began Monday in the Livingston County murder trial of a former Cullom woman charged in the 2011 death of a foster child in her care.
31-year-old Heather Lamie, who now lives in Kankakee, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child. The charges are for the death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill of Bloomington.
If convicted of the murder charges, Lamie faces natural life in prison. If convicted of the endangering charge, she faces 2 to 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors said the trial could last two to three weeks.
Rudesill was a foster child in the Lamie home when the Cullom Fire Department was called to the residence on May 3, 2011, for a child having "seizure-like" symptoms.
The child was taken to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac and later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where she died the following day.
A Peoria County coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide in August 2011. Her death certificate states the cause of death as blunt trauma of the head.
Lamie was indicted on the murder charges in June 2013.