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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fort Totten Woman Sentenced for Child Abuse or Neglect

FARGO – U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Dec.15, 2014, Alesia Stana Shaw, 31, Fort Totten, N.D. was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to serve eight months in prison for child abuse or neglect.

On June 7, 2013, Shaw was arrested at the Spirit Lake Casino on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation related to a search warrant executed by Bureau of Indian Affairs and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation on reports of drug activity. Shaw was found in the room with her one year old child and was observed “roughly grabbing him and placed him on the couch in a hard manner.” Shaw tested positive for several drugs. On May 30, 2014, Shaw was arrested for driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated with her child in the vehicle. Shaw had previously been convicted in 2006 of Involuntary Manslaughter for an incident in which she lost control of her vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol and killed one of her children, a 17 month old, in the crash.

Judge Erickson sentenced Shaw to serve 36 months supervised release upon her release from confinement and pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation -Drug Enforcement.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Jan Morley prosecuted the case.

Updated February 4, 2015