Trial in starvation death pushed back to mid-January

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KJJQ) – There is a new trial date for the two Brookings residents facing charges in the July starvation death of a 3-year-old girl.

The two, 25-year-old Renae Fayant and 27-year-old  Robert Price, Jr., were both indicted  on alternate counts of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter as well as abuse or cruelty to a minor under age 7.

Trial had originally be scheduled to begin Wednesday. It is now set for Jan. 15.

According to authorities, the 3-year-old niece of Fayant, under her care for about  two years, had been living in terrible conditions. She died of malnourishment and dehydration.

Brookings County States Attorney Dan Nelson says Fayant’s lawyer requested a psychological exam for her. That was granted. Price requested a new lawyer and that request was granted.

Both Price and Fayant remain jailed.