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Death of infant leads to a murder charge against airman

courtesy Pennington County Sheriff's Office
James Cunningham

RAPID CITY, S.D.  — An Ellsworth Air Force Base airman is now facing a murder charge after a baby, who was found unresponsive last week in a Rapid City home, died.

The infant, who was about to turn six-months-old died in a Sioux Falls hospital from his injuries on Wednesday night.

The baby’s father, 26-year-old James Cunningham, is now being charged with second degree murder. He has been in the Pennington County Jail since he was arrested last week.

According to Rapid City police, the baby suffered at least one blow to the head.

Cunningham was a senior airman at Ellsworth Air Force Base.


Rapid City, US
2:20 pm, September 26, 2023
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