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Published May 26, 2011, 02:42 PM

Deaths of Children on Spirit Lake Reservation Treated as Homicide

The deaths of two children are being investigated as a homicide case. 41-year-old father Travis DuBois of St. Michael pleaded guilty in tribal court on Tuesday to public intoxication and reckless endangerment.

By: Associated Press,

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) — The deaths of two children are being investigated as a homicide case.

41-year-old father Travis DuBois of St. Michael pleaded guilty in tribal court on Tuesday to public intoxication and reckless endangerment and was sentenced to two years and two months in prison, according to Spirit Lake Tribe prosecutor Joe Vetsch.

Vetsch says DuBois "was in an intoxicated condition and was left in charge of the children and they ended up dead." He says the conviction does not rule out more charges in tribal or federal court in the deaths of the 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl whose bodies were found Saturday. U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says only that federal authorities are investigating.

It was not immediately clear who DuBois' attorney is.

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