Woman puts 17-month-old baby in stroller, leaves her to die in a desert in US

An Arizona woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after she left her 17-month-old baby to die in a dessert in the US

In a horrendous incident, an Arizona woman identified as Ashley Denise Attson put her 17-month-old daughter in a stroller and abandoned her to die in a desert which happens to be nation’s largest American Indian reservation. The court has found her guilty and sentenced her to 20 years of imprisonment. While announcing the sentence, district judge David Campbell observed that the 23-year-old woman has committed an “intentional, cold-hearted, horrendous killing of an innocent child.’

The woman had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the year 2016. The woman put her baby daughter in a stroller and pushed her in a dessert. She allegedly went back and buried her in an animal hole after leaving the child to die in the desert for four days and four nights.

The U.S Attorney’s office for Arizona stated that the woman showed no remorse after committing the heinous crime and went to eat ice creams and posting photos of herself on Facebook.

“Over the next few days, she met friends for ice cream and posted pictures of herself on Facebook,” the U.S Attorney’s office said in a statement. The deceased child that was reportedly born with methamphetamine in her system had been in the custody of tribal social services for a long time after she was born. However, Attson regained her daughter just months before she decided to kill her.

The motive for the killing has not been ascertained as yet. The name of the child has also not been revealed since she was a juvenile. It is being reported that the maximum punishment she could have been entitled to under her guilty plea was imprisonment. A former tribal prosecutor asserted that she was troubled because of the prison sentence awarded to Attson.

Former chief prosecutor for the Navajo Nation, Bernadine Martin said that the child was scared, in pain and “needing the one person who is supposed to care for her the most, that being the mother,” adding that “20 years is simply not enough.”

Source: The Associated Press

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