SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As a 2-year-old girl lay dead in the closet of a South Dakota home, another child invited two young neighbors over to take a look. Police allege the adults in the home were binging on drugs and didn't call 911 until 14 hours later.
Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Cournoyer and 29-year-old Laurie Cournoyer are charged with failing to notify police of the death and child abuse related to five other children in the home.
They are the first people charged under a South Dakota law passed earlier this year that says a parent, guardian or caretaker who knowingly fails to report a child's death within six hours could face a felony charges. It was modeled after a Florida law passed following the high-profile death of Caylee Anthony.