Ellsworth airman found guilty of murder

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Senior Airman James T. Cunningham has been found guilty of murder, after an infant he assaulted in March 2020 died nine days later.

Cunningham was first charged with felony aggravated child abuse, which was upgraded to murder after the infants death.

The court-martial will now enter the sentencing phase.

The infant was found shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, when Rapid City Police were dispatched for a report of an unresponsive infant. Medical units arrived and transported the infant to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

In the investigation, police found that the injuries were a result of abuse. The baby was later flown to Sioux Falls for treatment, but died nine days later.

The 28th Bomb Wing, and the Air Force in general, takes allegations of this nature seriously and fully pursues appropriate actions. Commanders utilize the military justice system to promote justice and maintain discipline while protecting the rights of Airmen accused of criminal conduct.

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