Update - Pekin Woman Arrested for Death of Two-Year-Old Now charged with Murder

Washington Co. - The investigation into the tragic death of a Pekin girl is ongoing. The child, two-year-old Misty Ann Lynn McDowell, died on Tuesday morning after being rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital in Salem by local emergency personnel.  

On Tuesday afternoon, an autopsy was conducted by forensic pathologist Dr. James Jacobi. The official cause of death was listed as Homicide - multiple blunt force injuries.    

On Wednesday, ISP detective Travis Baker met again with Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin concerning the case. As a result of the investigation and findings in the case, the Washington County Prosecutor has added the following charges in the arrest of Sarah Bierly:

  1.  Murder - Felony
  2.  Aggravated Battery resulting in Death - Level 1 Felony 

Sarah Bierly is also charged with the original crime of Neglect of a Dependent causing Death, a level 1 Felony.