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Deaths of Two North Dakota children treated as homicide

Fort Totten, North Dakota (AP) June 2011

Spirit Lake Nation prosecutor Joe Vetsch says the deaths of two children are being investigated as a homicide case.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that 41-year-old father Travis DuBois of St. Michael pleaded guilty in tribal court to public intoxication and reckless endangerment and was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.

Vetsch says DuBois “was in an intoxicated condition and was left in charge of the children and they ended up dead.” He says the conviction does not rule out more charges in tribal or federal court in the deaths of the 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl. U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says only that federal authorities are investigating.

It was not immediately clear who DuBois’ attorney is.






Vetsch says DuBois “was in an intoxicated condition and was left in charge of the children and they ended up dead.” He says the conviction does not rule out more charges in tribal or federal court in the deaths of the 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl. U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says only that federal authorities are investigating.

It was not immediately clear who DuBois’ attorney is.
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