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Adults charged in connection to death at Yankton Sioux complex





A husband and wife have been charged in connection with the death of a two-year-old girl who was murdered at a housing complex operated by the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

Taylor Cournoyer, 21, and his wife, Laurie Cournoyer, 28, are the first people charged under a state law that requires people to report a child's death within six hours. The couple allegedly waited more than a day and a half before notifying authorities of the death of RieLee Lovell.

Lovell was a relative of Laurie Cournoyer's. She died sometime before July 4. An 11-year-old boy, also a relative, is being held in connection with the girl's death.

The Cournoyers lived at a tribal housing complex that's located on state land. Neither the tribe nor the nearby city of Wagner can exercise criminal jurisdiction there.

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