Woman Sentenced For Leaving Baby At Sioux Falls Church

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A woman charged with child abuse for leaving her 2-month-old baby outside a Sioux Falls church overnight has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Twenty-nine-year-old Mary Louise Jennesse pleaded guilty to abuse or cruelty to a minor under 7 as part of a plea deal. She also has been sentenced to three years’ supervised probation that could lead to up to 10 years in prison if broken.

Jennesse and 39-year-old Ronald Harrison were charged after the baby was found cold and wet outside a church in October 2017. Harrison pleaded guilty to a child abuse charge in March.

The couple told police they had an argument and thought the other would grab the baby. Court documents show Harrison told investigators they were smoking drugs at the church.


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