SD Legislature

South Dakota lawmakers are weighing the issue of a mother's privacy over her infant's health. The debate begins in the Senate Health and Human Services committee.

Senate Bill 105 authorizes healthcare practitioners to test infants up to 28 days old for controlled substances if they exhibit relevant symptoms. The bill allows the test with or without parental consent. If results are positive, the practitioner must report them to the Department of Social Services. 

Baby Death In Sioux Falls May Be Homicide

Aug 10, 2015
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls Police say they suspect that the death of a baby last week was not an accident. Authorities are looking for the girl’s father; he faces abuse and drug charges. Meantime officials are trying to understand what happened to the girl before emergency responders got to the baby’s home.

Kayleigh Joy Schumm was two and a half weeks old when she died last week at a Sioux Falls hospital. Authorities say it happened a day after the baby stopped breathing while home with her father.

Man Suspected Of Infant Death In Rapid City

Jun 29, 2015

Twenty-six-year-old Kristopher Houchin of Rapid City is charged with  first degree rape, child abuse, and murder of an infant. Houchin was taken into custody on Friday, shortly after authorities received word from the Rapid City Hospital that an infant child had died.  A preliminary autopsy Monday morning shows the infant victim died of blunt force trauma. Captain James Johns of the Rapid City Police Department say’s the autopsy lead to the murder charges.