South Dakota woman charged in death of 2-year-old; family claims surgery caused child’s injuries

Woman charged in death of 2-year-old; family claims surgery caused child’s injuries

BOX ELDER, S.D. — A South Dakota woman is facing charges of manslaughter and child abuse in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl.

According to the Rapid City Journal and KELO-TV, the incident occurred Sunday afternoon at a mobile home park in Box Elder. Precious Delacey Black Elk, 22, called Box Elder police about 2 p.m. to say the toddler could not breathe, the Journal reported. Officers and emergency crews who responded to the scene discovered the child bruised, “unresponsive and beyond resuscitation,” according to the newspaper.

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Medical examiners later conducted an autopsy, which ruled the death a homicide; however, a family member claimed the child had suffered the injuries during a recent brain surgery, the Journal reported.

Black Elk was arrested and remains held on a $100,000 bond, according to the newspaper.

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