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Pine Ridge Man and Woman Charged with Child Abuse

July 2, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge man and woman have been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felony Child Abuse & Neglect and Assault of a Child Under 16.

Shalaine Bear Runner, age 26, and Mitchell Gay, age 18, were indicted by a federal grand jury on June 19, 2012, for abusing a seven-month old infant, causing bruising and bleeding. They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on June 29, 2012, and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 15 years' imprisonment and/or $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Bear Runner and Gay are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe-Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case. Bear Runner and Gay were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.



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