Judge Sentences Fort Yates Woman to 20 Years for Child Abuse


(AP) — A North Dakota woman accused of pouring scalding water on a 4-year-old boy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Shayla Left Hand, of Fort Yates, pleaded guilty in February to four counts of child neglect and one count of child abuse.

Authorities say Left Hand did not seek medical treatment for the child, who was discovered by law enforcement about five days after he was burned. The boy had second- and third-degree burns over a significant portion of his body.

Further investigation found that Left Hand would leave the boy and another 3-year-old child locked in the home while she was away from the residence.

Left Hand lived in the residence with Calvin Crow Eagle, who has pleaded guilty to three neglect charges.   

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