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: 'I Live In A Cemetery': Teen Writer Shares Perspective On Life In North Minneapolis
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: COVID In Minnesota: MDH Says State Has Seen 14 'Vaccine Breakthrough Cases'
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: Clarifying COVID: What Do We Need To Know About The J&J Vaccine?
Smith’s sentencing date has yet to be announced.
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