17-Month-Old Girl Intentionally Left by Mother to Die in the Desert

Ashley Attson, a 23-year-old mother from Chinle, Arizona was sentenced to spend the next 20 years behind bars for a case, which was described by US District Judge David C. Campbell as an ‘intentional, cold-hearted, horrendous killing of an innocent child’.

It was September last year when the said mother placed her 17-month-old daughter in the stroller, pushed it into the desert on the Navajo Reservation in the Apache County, and left her four days and night. She met with friends and had ice cream with them the following day, and then posted pictures of herself on Facebook.

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She went back to the place where she left her daughter and found her already dead. Two days after this discovery, she returned again to get the body, put it in the trash bag, and buried it in an animal hole.

Ashley’s daughter, who has not been named, has spent most of her life away from her mother. She was initially placed under the custody of the Tribal Social Services as she was born with methamphetamine in her system. Two months before the baby’s death, she was returned to her mother after Ashley regained custody rights over her.

The mother will be placed on supervised release five years after she starts serving her sentence.

Source: People