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Woman pleads guilty in 5-year-old foster child’s death

January 4, 2022 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Tokio woman has pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse in connection with her 5-year-old foster child’s death.

The Bismarck Tribune reported Tuesday that Tammy Longie, also known as Tammy Onebear, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, three counts of child abuse and child neglect. She’ll be sentenced in April.

Agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI found the child’s body in the basement of a home on the Spirit Lake Reservation in May 2020. The child had suffered what a pathologist termed “multiple episodes of inflicted trauma.”

The child and a sibling were placed in foster care with Longie and her husband, Erich Longie, in July 2019. The sibling also suffered bruising and spent more than a month in a hospital, the Tribune reported. Two biological children also were abused, according to investigators.

Erich Longie has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, child neglect and three counts of child abuse.