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GREAT FALLS — A Poplar man has pleaded guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of a 6-month-old infant in his care.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that 28-year-old Dennis Lloyd Red Boy will be sentenced on June 5 for the 2017 death of the baby girl. The maximum sentence he faces is eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Red Boy was taking care of children in the Fort Peck Indian Reservation town of Poplar when the 6-month-old baby girl would not stop crying.

Red Boy told investigators he turned the baby over onto her stomach and placed a heavy blanket over her. He later returned to find that she had stopped breathing and then sought help.

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An autopsy found no signs of assault, but it did not determine whether the cause of death was accidental or homicide.

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