United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Involuntary Manslaughter.
Dale Hendricks, age 36, was indicted on January 17, 2018. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 22, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 years in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about November 3, 2017, Hendricks did unlawfully kill an infant in a grossly negligent manner by rolling over and laying on the infant while she was asleep.
The charge is merely an accusation and Hendricks is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.
Hendricks was released on bond, subject to conditions, pending trial. A trial date has not been set.