Murder charges filed in two Pine Ridge child deaths

2013-06-04T17:30:00Z 2013-09-18T11:00:33Z Murder charges filed in two Pine Ridge child deathsAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
June 04, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

Two people are accused of murder following the deaths of two young children in just a month on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Cheryl Jealous of Him, 50, is the grandmother of a 17-month-old boy who died on April 29 in Pine Ridge. She pleaded not guilty during a May 24 arraignment after a federal grand jury indicted her in the child's death.

Federal authorities took Jealous of Him into custody on May 23 after a warrant accusing her of second-degree murder and felony child abuse and neglect was issued. Prior to entering federal custody, Jealous of Him was being held in the Pine Ridge Adult Offenders Facility.

In the second case, officers with the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Department of Public Safety arrested Michael Dean Dubray, 30, for first-degree murder after a 10-month-old boy died at a home eight miles north of Loneman hear Oglala on May 30.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI took custody of Dubray the next day. The criminal complaint filed against Dubray charges that he was abusing the child when it died, but it does not define the abuse.

Dubray made an initial court appearance in federal district court on June 3 in Rapid City. He requested a preliminary hearing on the evidence to hear the evidence against him. Federal Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy set the hearing for June 12.

Both Jealous of Him and Dubray are being held without bond in the Pennington County Jail.

A tentative trial date for Jealous of Him is set for July 30.

Dubray has a tentative trial date of Aug. 6.

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or

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  1. Vanessa Jealous Of Him
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    Vanessa Jealous Of Him - November 26, 2013 8:20 am
  2. Vanessa Jealous Of Him
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    Vanessa Jealous Of Him - November 26, 2013 8:17 am
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  4. Braves Fan
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    Braves Fan - June 10, 2013 6:12 pm
    I'm pretty sure if we was ment to mind our own business the journal would never have put a comments addition to each story??? Kind of common sense don't you think?
  5. Just Had To Comment
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    Just Had To Comment - June 10, 2013 12:57 pm
    Wow, so much finger pointing at "the parents." we know nothing will right this wrong, but please pray for these little innocent ones that have suffered at the hands of people that evidently do not take life seriously. They were not the parents. I am sure if the parents could go back and change the situation they would, but lives have already been lost and all any of us can do is pray for them. Our Wakanyeja are sacred so those that hurt little innocent ones will get their punishment from Tunkasila. It is not up to us to be mean and hateful ourselves. It hurts to hear about this kind of stuff but it is not our place to judge. That is for the higher power to do. We just need to pray, and keep our noses clean and see what transpires from this. Too many people involved themselves in other peoples business and this is a problem on the rez. Nobody's business and people need to do as our ancestors did, mind your own business and if people need you then you can step in and help. Getting involved only causes families to fight amongst one another.
  6. sunnydayz
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    sunnydayz - June 08, 2013 11:07 am
    sorry to hear about the babies that shouldn't have happened.
  7. ALL 4 1
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    ALL 4 1 - June 06, 2013 7:53 pm
    working mom or not she should of at least financially helped out & not left for dead. having a job & working for a living also means u shud financially help out or check on ur own kids.
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    sweetie - June 06, 2013 2:30 pm
    Gee nobody should be judging and saying anything about LOWO or foster homes...these kids weren't murdered by there parents, most people have jobs u know. n one of the babies mom was at work when this happened u know working to make the money for food and such so it doesn't mean it's her fault!!!
  9. trustno1
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    trustno1 - June 06, 2013 9:38 am
    For the second time, a murdered child is not an "it".
  10. ALL 4 1
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    ALL 4 1 - June 06, 2013 8:38 am
    Yeah! I agree with having the parents being held accountable too! What type of parents leave their precious babies with someone for so long! My children are my everything and I protect them with all I have. I don't trust anyone! I pray for the families and that the truth be out to the public what really happened to these precious babies and not all the gossip and horror stories out on the rez!
  11. snowflake
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    snowflake - June 05, 2013 10:09 pm
    myangel, Cruel? Cruel? Not the words, the murder was cruel. Better these children should have been given foster care in a qualified home--no matter the race--than been murdered.
  12. speakfirst
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    speakfirst - June 05, 2013 2:27 pm
    There is NO excuse, reasoning, or sorrys that will ever make up for hurting or killing a child! These so called adults need to be punished for what they did!
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    J_younger - June 04, 2013 10:45 pm
    Poor Babies, what the heck!! LOWO needs to be held accountable if there was any involvement from them before, someone, along with the mom & dads should be held too.
  14. myangel
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    myangel - June 04, 2013 10:27 pm
    This is the grandmother of this child how dare you judge when you don't know the can you be so cruel..
  15. Braves Fan
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    Braves Fan - June 04, 2013 8:27 pm
    How could these moms of the kids allow something like that to happen to their own children?? They to busy thinking of their own welfare that they can see for the innocent child. Both people should get the maximum sentence. South Dakota should allow the death penalty for crimes like this. This is just sickening.
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