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CHAMBERLAIN -- A Gann Valley woman is set to stand trial starting with jury selection today.

Donika Gonzales, 23, is accused of beating a young boy to death in February 2013. Gonzales was the 4-year-old child's caretaker and is accused of abusing him for wetting his pants.

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Gonzales pleaded not guilty last year to several charges, including second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison upon conviction.

Jury selection is set to begin today at the Brule County Courthouse in Chamberlain. The trial is scheduled to last through April 11.

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