On September 23, 2016, the Sioux Falls Police Department began investigating an infant death that occurred at a City-licensed day care near Fernwood Drive and Alpine Avenue in southeast Sioux Falls. On February 28, 2017, as a result of that investigation, a warrant has been issued for Jennifer Lyne Jonnes, a 28-year-old Sioux Falls resident.
Jonnes was the owner and operator of the day care that was responsible for the victim’s care at the time of the infant’s death. The warrant for Jonnes was issued for first-degree manslaughter, abuse or cruelty to a minor, contributing to the abuse/neglect of a child, and false report of information to law enforcement. Jonnes’ day care license with the City was initially suspended at the time of the incident and later revoked in December 2016. More information will be provided at the March 1 10:30 a.m. Police media briefing.