FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) _ Federal authorities have charged a woman in the death of a toddler on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota.
U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says 31-year-old Hope Tomahawk Whiteshield, of St. Michael, is charged with child abuse and neglect. She has a detention hearing scheduled Monday.
Defense attorney Ted Sandberg did not immediately respond to a request for comment before business hours Friday.
Whiteshield is charged in the June 12 or June 13 death of a girl who was a month shy of 3 years old. FBI Special Agent Michael Meyer says in an affidavit that Whiteshield is married to the child's grandfather.
Whiteshield is accused of throwing the girl down an embankment by the family's home. Authorities say an autopsy concluded that the girl died of a head injury.