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Ericka Fouch

HENRYVILLE, Ind. — A prosecutor says the mother of two young southern Indiana children killed when her SUV collided with a freight train faces neglect and other charges after she admitted taking drugs an hour before the crash.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Friday that a blood sample drawn at the scene of the June 28 crash in Henryville shows Ericka Fouch had amphetamine, marijuana or its active ingredient, and other drugs in her system.

The crash killed 4-year-old Wyatt James Isaac Fouch and 5-year-old Adalynn Noel Fouch.

Wyatt Fouch (left) and Adalynn Fouch (right).

Fouch faces charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, causing a death when operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license.

“When you are the parent of a child, you are responsible for the well-being of those children,” Mull told WDRB. “And to use drugs and get behind the wheel and drive with those children in there, and then ultimately to kill them because of that, that demands accountability. It just does.”

The 29-year-old woman told officers at the time that she didn’t see or hear the train approaching the crossing.

Mull told WDRB Fouch could be sentenced to up to 42 years in prison if she’s convicted.