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Pierre man arrested in death of toddler

April 20, 2020 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Pierre man has been arrested in the death of a toddler this past weekend.

Police Captain Brian Walz says officers were called to Avera St. Mary’s last Thursday after the two-year old child arrived at the hospital suffering from what Walz calls suspicious injuries. The toddler was later flown to a Sioux Falls hospital where the child died on Saturday.

KCCR reports the man is being held in the Hughes County Jail on a possible charge of first-degree manslaughter. The victim was not identified.

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The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting Pierre police with the case.

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This story has been corrected to correct ‘Department’ to ‘Division.’