South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said today that on the morning of Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 the Hamlin County Sheriff's Office, Castlewood Ambulance and the Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a call of an unresponsive 2-year-old female at a residence in Castlewood, South Dakota. The child was transported to Prairie lakes hospital in Watertown where she was pronounced dead.
The identity of the child was not released.
Initial investigation revealed evidence of an ongoing child abuse and the manner of death is pending the results of an autopsy.
Josephine Raymundo, 30, of Castlewood has been arrested on a charge of felony child abuse, additional charges are pending. Raymundo is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by the Hamlin County State's Attorney's office. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
The Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation with assistance from the Hamlin County Sheriff's Office, the Watertown Police Department, Child Protection Services, and the Minnehaha County coroner's office.