Dakota Woman Accused of Leaving Kids to Die
(Bismarck, North Dakota)
A South Dakota woman accused of leaving her two young daughters to die in an unheated car during a frigid winter day on a North Dakota American Indian reservation pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect charges Tuesday, saying she was under the influence of drugs when she abandoned her children.Face awaits sentencing.
Michelle Wounded Face, 25, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota who has been living on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, could get up to 10 years in prison at her Sept. 2 sentencing hearing but also could be sentenced under federal guidelines to time served, about six months. The decision rests with U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who said he would like to see Wounded Face get help rather than a lengthy prison term. She currently is taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs.