Pine Ridge Man Indicted For Felony Child Abuse And Neglect
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly intentionally and knowingly abusing and neglecting three minor children on December 15, 2012 at Pine Ridge, subjecting them to an environment which was injurious to their welfare and threatened them with substantial harm.
Newton Two Two, age 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 19, 2013 for Felony Child Abuse and Neglect. Two Two appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 28, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
The charge is merely an accusation and Two Two is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.
Two Two was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has been set for June 4, 2013.