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South Dakota woman gets 22-year term after failing to report death of toddler found in closet

A South Dakota woman accused of binging on drugs while a 2-year-old girl lay dead in her closet for two days has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Laurie Cournoyer was sentenced Thursday to 10 years for possession of methamphetamine, five years for keeping a place for meth and 10 years with eight suspended for having drugs in jail. The 29-year-old woman was also sentenced to five years in prison for failing to report the death of a child.

Prosecutors say the toddler's body was in a closet for nearly two days before Cournoyer and her husband, Taylor, reported her death.

Taylor Cournoyer pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and keeping a place for use or sale of drugs. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in November.

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