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North Dakota woman gets 5 years for infant's starvation death, child abuse

Paige Howling Wolf, of Parshall, pleaded guilty late last year to charges of involuntary manslaughter, child neglect and child abuse stemming from a June 24, 2020, emergency call on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

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Paige Howling Wolf
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BISMARCK — A 28-year-old woman has been sentenced in federal court to five years in prison on manslaughter and child abuse charges in a case in which investigators said the woman's infant died from starvation and three other children had meth in their systems.

Paige Howling Wolf, of Parshall, pleaded guilty late last year to charges of involuntary manslaughter, child neglect and child abuse stemming from a June 2020 emergency call on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Paramedics responded to a report of an unresponsive infant at Howling Wolf's home, according to a news release from prosecutors.

Her 9-month-old child was declared dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed the baby died from chronic starvation, according to prosecutors.

Three of Howling Wolf's four other children had meth in their systems, prosecutors said. Those three children were not older than 7 years old, according to court documents.

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