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Two Arrested in Wagner Toddler's Death

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Taylor Cournoyer, 21 Taylor Cournoyer, 21
Laurie Cournoyer, 28 Laurie Cournoyer, 28

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Thursday two people have been arrested in the death of a Wagner toddler.

Not all the details on the case have been released, but Taylor Cournoyer, 21, and Laurie Cournoyer, 28, are each charged with one count of felony abuse or cruelty to a minor and failure to notify law enforcement to the death of child.

An anonymous phone call led police to a home south of Wagner, where two-year old RieLee Lovell was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Charles Mix County State's Attorney, the toddler had been dead for a "significant amount" of time.

The Cournoyers are the first to be charged with failure to report a death or Caylee's law in South Dakota. The law is based on the Florida law named after two-year old Caylee Anthony, who's disappearance went unreported for 31 days in 2008.  

The state legislature passed the law this spring, but Attorney General Jackley hoped they would never have to use it.

"We had proposed this legislation, we made it a felony for failing to report a death of a child in six hours and we had hoped we'd never have to utilize that statute but it seems that within days of it going into effect there is a charge. I must say the adults under charges are presumed innocent and I can't talk any further in respect to other juveniles involved in the case." Said Jackley.

An 11-year old boy is also in custody as the suspect in what investigators are calling a homicide. At this time we don't know the cause of death or what exactly happened inside the home on the Fourth of July.

The Cournoyers are expected to make their first appearance on July 17th in Lake Andes.

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