Wagner man in toddler death pleads to drug charges
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - One of two adults arrested after a 2-year-old girl was found dead in their Wagner home has pleaded guilty to drug charges.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley tells the that as part of the plea agreement with Taylor Cournoyer, 21, prosecutors will dismiss charges of child abuse and failure to notify authorities of a child's death.
Prosecutors say the 2-year-old girl's body was in a closet for nearly two days before Cournoyer and his wife, Laurie, reported her death.
Taylor Cournoyer pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and keeping a place for use or sale of drugs. He also admitted to being a habitual offender, which exposes him to an elevated prison sentence of 25 years.
Charges are still pending against 28-year-old Laurie Cournoyer.
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