A defense lawyer for a South Dakota woman charged under a new child death reporting law is challenging its constitutionality in a bid to dismiss the case.
Twenty-nine-year-old Laurie Cournoyer and her husband, 21-year-old Taylor Cournoyer, were charged with child abuse, failing to report a death of a child and various drug charges after a 2-year-old was found dead in a closet at their rural South Dakota home. Prosecutors say the child was dead for more than a day and a half before the death was reported.
Lawyer Scott Swier is filing a motion saying the reporting law violates his client's right against self-incrimination. The law was modeled after one in Florida passed after Caylee Anthony's death.
Swier's motion was given to The Associated Press ahead of its filing Tuesday.
Most Popular Today
Hundreds Turn Out For Motorcycle Rally Event In Yankton
- 2.Retail & Restaurants
Bass Pro Shops Turned Brandon Down
Citibank Under Investigation For Student Loan Servicing
South Dakota Withholds 911 Upgrade Money After Problems
- 5.General, General
Sioux Falls Ranks High On Forbes Business List
Sioux Falls Building Boom
Rally Impact Felt Across State
- 8.School Supplies, Retail & Restaurants
Smart Phones & Back To School Shopping
Brandon City Council To Consider Indoor Hockey Rink/Community Center
Monday Morning Business Brief