Wagner woman pleads guilty in child death caseWAGNER — A Wagner woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug charges and failing to report the death of a child.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
WAGNER — A Wagner woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug charges and failing to report the death of a child.
Laurie Cournoyer, 29, 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 one count of failure to report the death of a child.
All three charges are felonies. The possession charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The controlled substance and failure to report charges each carry a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to a South Dakota Attorney General’s Office news release.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 4, 2012, in Wagner involving the death of 2 year-old Reilee Lovell, who was found dead in a closet. This marks the first conviction under South Dakota’s version of Caylee’s law, which became law July 1, 2012.
Cournoyer’s husband, Taylor Cournoyer, 21, was sentenced in November for drug charges that stemmed from the same case. He received 13 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance and keeping a place for the use or sale of controlled substances.
Sentencing is scheduled for March in Charles Mix County.