By Todd Wineburner
Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff is making his way through a huge collection of evidence gathered after the 2011 death of 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill. The girl was in foster care in Cullom at the time of her death, and no charges were ever brought against the foster parents. The court did remove Kianna's three siblings from the foster home, however, as well as the foster parents' two biological children.
In April of this year, ongoing proceedings in the case prompted Livingston County Associate Judge Robert Travers to rule that the biological children of the foster parents should be allowed to return home. He said the proceedings had essentially reached a standstill, and that continuing the separation constituted unnecessary suffering for the children.
That ruling prompted State's Attorney Uphoff to take his own look at the evidence gathered. His predecessor, Tom Brown, had decided against filing charges in the case. Uphoff says the collection of documents, videotapes, and affidavits is vast and that his office is making its way through. He says he has no interest in rushing a decision because of the nature of the case.