- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Pine Ridge Indian Reservation woman accused of killing her 2-year-old son has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges and has been ordered to remain behind bars.

Federal authorities allege the son of Katrina Shangreaux, 28, had bruises and bite marks on his body and other injuries. Investigators believe a potty-training issue triggered the alleged incident in late July at Shangreaux’s mother’s home in Porcupine.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on Wednesday ordered Shangreaux to be detained until trial, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 11 in federal court in Rapid City. Shangreaux, who also goes by the name Katrina White Whirlwind, could face life in prison if convicted.

“I find by preponderance of the evidence that there is no condition or combination of conditions of release that will assure the presence of the defendant at further proceedings,” Wollman wrote in her detention order.

The boy was the half-brother of a 1-year-old boy who authorities say was slain in April 2015 by the father of the two boys. James Shangreaux has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse counts and is to stand trial in January.

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