MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 69-year-old northern Minnesota woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to child endangerment for binding a 5-year-old child in her foster care to a high chair for several hours.
Martha Ann Smith, who lives on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty to one count of felony child endangerment, according to the the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota.READ MORE: MN Supreme Court: ‘The Time Is Right’ To Evaluate, Possibly Expand Audio/Video Coverage Of Criminal Proceedings
In her guilty plea, Smith admitted to endangering and neglecting a child in her foster care for years, since the child was just three months old, prosecutors say. On occasion in October of 2019, she tightly bound the child’s wrists and ankles to a high chair, forcing the child to remain in the chair overnight. The child suffered bruising, cuts and emotional trauma, court documents say.READ MORE: Atravius Weeks Charged In Murder Of Ex-Girlfriend Outside Lakeville Day Care
According to state guidelines, those convicted of felony child neglect can be punished by up to one year in prison and/or a $3,000 fine.MORE NEWS: Derek Chauvin Sentencing: Legal Expert Thinks Ex-Cop Will Get At Least 25 Years
Smith’s sentencing date has yet to be announced.