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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Busby woman sentenced to prison for endangering children

BILLINGS—A Busby woman convicted of severely neglecting two young children who were in her custody, causing them serious injury, was sentenced today to one year in prison and three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Edith Wolfblack, 60, pleaded guilty in December to two counts of criminal child endangerment.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

The prosecution said in court records that in October 2018, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Social Services removed two children, who were under the age of 14, from Wolfblack’s home on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The children had been placed in Wolfblack’s care in 2013. During the years in Wolfblack’s custody, Wolfblack failed to take the children to doctor’s appointments, many that were meant to address ongoing health issues, thereby inhibiting proper development of the children. Medical records also indicated severe malnutrition and a significant failure to grow. The children were hospitalized after being removed from the home. Since removal, the children have continued to grow and thrive medically.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the BIA and FBI.

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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated July 22, 2020