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Lawyer Challenges Child Death Law

September 11, 2012, 1:52 PM

Lawyer Challenges Child Death Law
Laurie Cournoyer


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.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

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