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Published June 26, 2013, 06:20 PM

New details in Spirit Lake toddler's death

We have new information Wednesday in the recent death of a child on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. The step grandmother accused of killing her two-year-old step granddaughter was in court today. Hope Louise Tomahawk Whiteshield is being charged with criminal neglect and child abuse. Today was her detention hearing and she will be held in custody until her trial.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

We have new information Wednesday in the recent death of a child on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. The step grandmother accused of killing her two-year-old step granddaughter was in court today. Hope Louise Tomahawk Whiteshield is being charged with criminal neglect and child abuse. Today was her detention hearing and she will be held in custody until her trial.

It was June 13th that police were called to the Whiteshield home in regards to an unresponsive child. The two-year-old was dead due to blunt force trauma to the head. The FBI launched an investigation interviewing numerous suspects and Michael Meyer with the FBI testified in court today that tribal members came forward and told authorities that Whiteshield threw the child down an embankment.

After being thrown, the child was unresponsive, and instead of seeking medical attention Whiteshield bathed the child, put her in pajamas and laid her down for bed, all while the child was unresponsive. Meyer also said that Whiteshield told her own children that they tell no one about throwing the child.

Whiteshield later admitted to FBI investigators that she did throw the child down the embankment and also pushed the child's twin sister as well.

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