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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Dilkon Woman Sentenced to 51 Months for Abusing and Injuring a Young Child

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Melody Gwen Nez, 32, of Dilkon, Arizona, was sentenced on November 21, 2022, by United States District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Nez previously pleaded guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

For at least several weeks in the summer of 2021, Nez abused a five-year-old child in her care. The abuse culminated in an August 19, 2021, incident in which Nez threw the child from a moving vehicle, seriously injuring the child. The abuse occurred on the Navajo Nation, where Nez is an enrolled member.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alanna Kennedy and Alexander Samuels, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

 

CASE NUMBER:            CR-21-8130-PCT-DWL
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-217_Nez

 

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 
2022-217_Nez
Updated November 23, 2022