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McLaughlin man pleads not guilty in reservation child death

PIERRE (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.

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