Stepfather charged with child's murder in Dell Rapids

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say the stepfather of an 18-month-old boy has been arrested and charged in the child's death in southeastern South Dakota.

Minnehaha County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Gearman said Thursday officers were called to a Dell Rapids home Wednesday afternoon where they found the child unresponsive with traumatic injuries. He says the toddler, Hayden Wigton, could not be revived.

Gearman says the boy's mother and her husband had been staying at the home with a couple who was renting the house. The mother, Kristine Cornett, and the couple renting the house traveled to Sioux Falls Wednesday morning. The couple later returned to the house and found the child unresponsive.

Keith Cornett was arrested and Thursday was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, child abuse and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.