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Pine Ridge Man Indicted On Child Abuse Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota man was indicted by a federal grand jury for intentionally causing an infant to fall off a bed, resulting in multiple injuries.

Timothy Kenneth White Plume, age 34, was indicted on January 23, 2013 for Felony Child Abuse & Neglect and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 1, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is 15 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.  The charges are merely an accusation and White Plume is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 
The investigation is being conducted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.     White Plume was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.  A trial date has not been set.
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Updated June 22, 2015