Spirit Lake foster parents appear in court in connection with death of 5 year old; autopsy shows signs of blunt force trauma


Family and loved ones demonstrated outside the Ronald N. Davies Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on Monday, May 18, before the initial appearance of Erich Longie Jr. and Tammy Longie, who were arrested in connection with the death of 5-year-old Raven Thompson. Hannah Shirley / Grand Forks HeraldHannah Shirley

GRAND FORKS - Two Spirit Lake foster parents made their initial appearance in federal court today, Monday, May 18, in connection with the May 6 death of Raven Thompson, 5, on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Erich Longie Jr., 42, and Tammy Longie, 45, were arrested Friday, May 15, by the FBI. They are each charged with two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury to a victim younger than 18, and two counts of simple assault. If convicted of the charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury to Raven and Zane, the more serious of the four charges, the Longies each face a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, as well as a maximum fine of $250,000. They face a maximum of one year in prison if convicted of the charges of simple assault to two additional children in their care who were not named in the complaint.



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