McLaughlin man pleads not guilty in reservation child death
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A McLaughlin man accused of abusing and killing a child on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has pleaded not guilty.
Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Chase faces murder, child abuse and child neglect charges in federal court. He waived his right to a detention hearing and remains in custody. His trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 7.
Court documents allege Chase caused the death of a child younger than three in early April by inflicting traumatic head injuries. Authorities have not identified the child.
Chase could face life in prison if convicted.