Pierre man arrested for child abuse now facing murder charge

PIERRE, S.D. (DRG News) – A 29-year-old Pierre man arrested on child abuse charges now faces a 2nd Degree Murder charge instead.

According to the Pierre Police Department, Derek Berman was arrested earlier this month (July 13) after the law enforcement dispatch center received a report of a two-month-old infant having received serious, life-threatening injuries consistent with that of abuse. The child died on Friday (July 19).

Berman is being held without bond at the Hughes County Jail.