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Mission Woman Sentenced for Child Abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Mission, South Dakota, woman convicted of Child Abuse. The sentencing took place on December 19, 2022.

ShawnDae White Bird, age 33, was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison, followed by three years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

White Bird was indicted for Child Abuse by a federal grand jury in July of 2022. She pleaded guilty on September 1, 2022.

White Bird gave birth to the victim in July of 2021. In early September, doctors prescribed the victim a medication to treat a diagnosed condition. White Bird failed to fill the prescription, leaving the condition untreated. The condition developed into an ulcerated and infected wound that required a debridement procedure.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abby Roesler prosecuted the case.

White Bird was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated December 23, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice