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Five-year prison term ordered in child starvation death

May 25, 2022 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman accused of allowing an infant in her care to starve to death two years ago has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Paige Howling Wolf, 27, of Parshall, pleaded guilty in December to charges of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of child neglect in an agreement with prosecutors.

Law enforcement and medical personnel in June 2020 responded to a call of an unresponsive infant at a Parshall residence. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office an autopsy showed the child died from chronic starvation. Four other children were taken from Howling Wolf and three had methamphetamine in their systems, officials said.

Howling Wolf was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2020.

In addition to the prison time, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland also ordered Howling Wolf to spend three years on supervised release, court documents show.

Hovland handed down the five-year sentence on the involuntary manslaughter charge and four-year sentences on each of the child neglect counts. Howling Wolf will serve all of the sentences at the same time, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Howling Wolf was also ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution on each of the four counts, court records show.