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Wagner adults arrested for 2-year-old's death, admitted to using meth/pot

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We are learning more about a two-year-old Wagner girl's death.

Investigators found two-year-old Rielee Lovell dead in a home in Wagner. The police chief and an officer said when they walked into the home they could smell a decomposed body.

The toddler's guardians are now behind bars, 28-year-old Laurie Cournoyer and 21-year-old Taylor Cournoyer.

Police say the two had a hard time remembering the last time they saw the toddler alive. When police asked Laurie that question she says "maybe it was yesterday, I don't know."

Taylor said he needed to "think about it and it was difficult to care for six children."

Investigators also asked if the kids came in for supper, Taylor said no because "we kind of rough it this month and the kids almost ate most of the food. We're kind of low on food ya know so we really didn't cook dinner."

In the report, Laurie found the girl in the bedroom laying on the floor wrapped in a blanket. Laurie said she put the girl in the shower to try to wake her up but she was blue and purplish in color. She called 911 but police say it was more than six hours after the girl died.

Also in the report, Laurie mentioned at one point she had taken seven insomnia pills and used meth and pot with Taylor.

The Cournoyer's are the first in the state to face charges on waiting too long to report a death.

It's a new law that started July 1 and deals with any parent or guardian having to report the death of a child within six hours or it is considered a felony.

An 11-year-old boy is also in custody. Investigators are calling this a homicide. Investigators haven't told us how the girl died.

If found guilty both adults could face up to 20 years in jail and a $40,000 fine. Both will be in court Tuesday, July 17.

The other kids were taken to the police department on July 4. No word where they are now.

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