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Published May 21, 2013, 08:55 AM

Dickinson parents plead not guilty in child's death

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The parents of an infant who died with illegal drugs in his system have pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse charges in state court in Dickinson.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The parents of an infant who died with illegal drugs in his system have pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse charges in state court in Dickinson.

The Dickinson Press reports that Andrue Saunders and his ex-wife, Theresa Saunders, each could face up to five years in prison if convicted in the death of the 7-month-old boy in October 2011.

The cause of death was ruled to be either asphyxia or sudden infant death syndrome, but authorities allege an autopsy found traces of cocaine and methamphetamine in the child's body.

Prosecutors say they charged Theresa Saunders with felony child abuse or neglect for allegedly not providing suitable living conditions for her son, and Andrue Saunders because he allegedly admitted using drugs in the home.

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