Foster parents arrested on federal complaint related to 5-year-old girl's death at Spirit Lake Reservation

Published: May. 16, 2020 at 1:47 PM CDT
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The foster parents of a 5-year-old girl who died

were arrested Friday night on a federal complaint.

Erich Longie, 42, and Tammy Longie, 45, are currently in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center in connection to the death of Raven Thompson, according to U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley.

Raven, 5, reportedly died on May 6.

Jail staff said agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation brought her foster parents in on Friday at around 9 p.m.

The Grand Forks jail is used to house federal inmates.

The Longie’s were the foster parents of both Raven, and Zane Thompson, 7, after receiving

, according to their father Aaron Thompson Jr.

Wrigley said the couple will be charged with murder and an immediate arrests had to be made.

The FBI is the lead agency investigating the death of Raven.

Thompson told Valley News Live on Saturday that the arrest brings some closure, but the "death still hurts."

He previously told us that Zane was at Sanford Hospital in Fargo being interviewed by investigators and treated for unknown injuries.

According to the US Attorney, this case remains very active and is still in the initial phases.

The Longie's will appear before a federal judge next week.

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