Tokio, North Dakota: 48-year-old Tammy Longie, also known as Tammy Onebear, plead guilty in January to one count of second-degree murder, three counts of child abuse, and one count of child neglect.
On Monday, August 8, 2022 she as sentenced to life in prison for the death of 5-year-old Raven Thompson who, along with her 7-year-old sibling, had been placed into the care of Longie and her husband in July 2019.
In May 2020, Raven's body was discovered in the basement of the home and her sibling had to be hospitalized for more than a month according to the Bismarck Tribune, because of injuries consistent with abuse and heart failure stemming from malnutrition.
An autopsy revealed that Raven had injuries consistent with "multiple episodes of inflicted trauma."
A total of seven children, between the ages of 11 months and 12-years-old, were removed from the home.
Two of those children, ages 6 and 8, were identified only as being biologically related to the Longies. During forensic interviews, those children were said to have reported abuse that they had endured.
“This is a tragic and horrifying case,” United States Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl said in a statement, adding that "the children endured prolonged physical and emotional abuse" and that the case "represents some of the worst of humanity."
In June her husband, 44-year-old Erich Longie, Jr., was also sentenced to life in prison after he had plead guilty to charges including first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse.