Rapid City man is now charged with murder after infant dies
UPDATE (03/13/20 10:15 a.m.): The change of charges made by the state has been read to James Cunningham.
While the previous bond was set at $10,000 cash, due to the seriousness of the charges and his status as a flight risk due to his possession of a passport, the state asked for $1M cash. The judge imposed the bond at $100,000 cash with the caveat that Cunningham must turn in his passport if he makes bond.
Cunningham’s preliminary hearing is set for March 19.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City man who was previously arrested and charged with felony aggravated child abuse is now being charged with murder after the baby died today.
James Cunningham, 26, a senior airman assigned to Ellsworth AFB, is now being charged with second degree murder. The charge comes after the infant that Cunningham had assaulted died Thursday, nine days after the assault.
The infant was found shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, when the RCPD was dispatched to 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.