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Wagner woman pleads guilty to drug charges

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A Wagner woman has pleaded guilty to drug charges and no contest to failing to report the death of child stemming from an incident where a toddler was found dead in a closet July 4.

The South Dakota Attorney General's Office released a statement Tuesday stating Laurie Cournoyer, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, one count of keeping a place for use or sale of controlled substances and pleaded no contest to one count of failure to report death of a child.

2-year-old RieLee Lovell was found dead in a closet over the July 4 weekend. Evidence revealed it took nearly 22 hours before the couple noticed she was dead.

This marks the first conviction under South Dakota's version of Caylee's law, which is named for Caylee Anthony whose mother was found not guilty of murder after failing to report the toddler's death.

Cournoyer will be sentenced March 14 at 10 am in Charles Mix County.

In November, Cournoyer's husband Taylor pleaded guilty to meth charges and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.


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