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District of New Mexico

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Navajo Woman from Arizona Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault and Child Abuse Charges in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Bridget Wilson, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sawmill, Ariz., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assault and child abuse charges.

 Wilson was arrested on Feb. 10, 2015, on an indictment charging her with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and abuse of a child.  According to the indictment, Wilson committed the offenses on April 4, 2014, within the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M.

During today’s plea hearing, Wilson pled guilty the indictment and admitted that on April 4, 2014, she assaulted the victim, causing the victim to suffer serious bodily injury.  She also acknowledged putting the victim, who was under the age of 18 years, in a situation that endangered the victim’s life or health.

According to the plea agreement, the parties will recommend that Wilson be sentenced to a term of probation to be determined by the court.  Wilson’s sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback.

Updated April 15, 2015