Northern Arapaho Woman Sentenced in New Mexico for Federal Child Abuse Conviction
ALBUQUERQUE – Tarasina Wallowingbull, 28, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Fort Washakie, Wyo., who currently resides in Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this morning to two years of probation for her child abuse conviction.
Wallowingbull was arrested on July 29, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging her with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the criminal complaint, on June 11, 2014, Wallowingbull crashed her vehicle in San Felipe Pueblo in Sandoval County, N.M., while driving under the influence of alcohol. A young child was ejected from Wallowingbull’s vehicle during the single-vehicle crash and sustained serious injuries.
On Oct. 20, 2014, Wallowingbull pled guilty to a felony information charging her with abuse of a child in Indian County. In entering her guilty plea, Wallowingbull admitted placing a child under the age of 18 years in a situation that endangered the child’s life or health.
This case was investigated by the Southern Pueblos and Laguna Agencies of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson.