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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bullhead Woman Sentenced For Child Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Velnita Hairy Chin, age 41, of Bullhead, South Dakota, pled guilty to Child Abuse and  was sentenced on November 18, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. 
Hairy Chin was sentenced to 12 months in custody, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Hairy Chin was indicted for the above charge by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2012.  The conviction stems from an incident occurring between March 30, 2012 and May 20, 2012, in which Hairy Chin neglected the needs of her infant daughter by failing to seek prompt medical attention for her injuries.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case. 

Hairy Chin was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.                                                

Updated June 22, 2015