BISMARCK — A 26-year-old woman faces federal manslaughter and child abuse charges after investigators said her infant died from starvation and three other children had meth in their systems.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota unsealed its criminal complaint on Wednesday, Oct. 21, against Paige Howling Wolf of Parshall, N.D. The charges of involuntary manslaughter, child neglect and child abuse stem from a June 24 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, court documents show.
Howling Wolf's remaining children were taken into protective custody. She was arrested and is being held at the McClean County Jail in Washburn, N.D.
Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum punishment of eight years in prison.
The Federal Public Defender’s Office is representing her, and the office has a policy of not commenting on cases it’s handling.