BUTLER (KDKA) – The mother of a man suspected in the death of a 4-year-old Butler boy is now officially charged in the incident.
Friday morning, the Butler Township Police Department announced Kristen Herold, 43, is facing charges of hindering apprehension, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.
She has been arraigned and given a $200,000 bond.
Herold is the mother of 20-year-old Keith Jordan Lambing, who authorities expect to charge with criminal homicide in the death of 4-year-old Bentley Miller.
Investigators say Lambing had been watching Bentley Tuesday morning at the Super 8 Motel in Butler, where he and the boy’s mother had been living.
Police say Lambing called his mother that morning saying Bentley had a medical issue.
Officers allege Herold attempted to transport the 4-year-old from the Super 8 Motel to his biological father’s home, all while the child was bleeding excessively from the rectum. She did not attempt to contact emergency services until the child became unresponsive.
The boy was pronounced dead at Butler Memorial Hospital and the coroner ruled the boy’s death as a homicide.
Lambing and his mother were found together in an abandoned house in Butler.
Cory Kurht, a childhood friend of the victim’s biological father, Tyler Miller, told KDKA the situation has been devastating.
“What hurt me the most is that I seen Jordan messaged Tyler a bit before that, saying ‘Hey, I’m bringing your son,’ and then next thing you know, he was expecting to get his son, but what he got was ‘Your son’s in the hospital and not doing good,'” Kurht said.