Clara Louise Edwards

Former Ringgold foster care mother Clara Louise Edwards was extradited back to Catoosa County Wednesday night, May 29.

Edwards was arrested in Hamilton County, Tenn., on Friday, May 23, on a murder warrant for the New Year’s Day death of 2-year-old Saharah Witherspoon.

Edwards, 59 was charged following a five-month investigation after the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office received autopsy results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) medical examiner ruling the child’s death a homicide.

She is being held without bond in the Catoosa County jail.

Edwards was arrested in Chattanooga, Tenn., and had been refusing extradition before being brought back May 29.

At the time of the child’s death, Edwards claimed the toddler fell several times at the residence before being taken to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.

After examining the child, hospital staff contacted authorities.

Edwards had been caring for the child and her older brother for a second different stint in 2013, after the children had been taken from their mother Jennifer Palmer.

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