GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) _ A woman facing a child abuse charge in the death of a toddler on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota will remain in custody until trial.
Federal Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal issued the order Wednesday after a hearing in Grand Forks in which prosecutors detailed the criminal background of 31-year-old Hope Tomahawk Whiteshield. Prosecutors say her record in tribal court includes charges of child abuse, endangerment and abandonment, as well as public intoxication.
Whiteshield's attorney unsuccessfully requested that she be allowed to stay with relatives.
Whiteshield is accused of pushing 2-year-old Laurynn Whiteshield down a hill near her home on June 12, then bathing the unresponsive child and putting her to bed. An autopsy concluded the girl died of a head injury.
Whiteshield is married to the girl's grandfather.