SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Lincoln County Grand Jury has indicted 27-year-old Joseph Patterson on new charges stemming from the death of two-year old Tyrese Ruffin.

The indictment includes one count of Second Degree Murder, two alternate counts of First Degree Manslaughter and Aggravated Battery.  This all according to Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman.

A point of note, the Second Degree Murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence.

Patterson was apparently alone with the boy on the day of the death.  The death was ruled not a accident by the authorities.

 

Joseph Patterson is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges in the immediate future.

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