Mom Who Put Baby In Stroller, Left Her In Desert To Die Learns Fate

A woman who left her child to die in the desert is facing the consequences of her horrible actions. The Arizona woman will spend the next 20 years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to murdering her daughter last September.

The child, who was born with meth in her system, had been returned to her mother only two months before the cold-blooded murder.

Ashley Denise Attson, a Native American of the Navajo Nation, left her 17-month-old daughter out in the Navajo Nation desert. The child was left to die out there with no food or water, strapped in a stroller, for four days and four nights.

When the child was dead, Attson returned and retrieved her daughter's body.

The 23-year-old mother buried her baby in an animal hole, and spent the weekend hanging out with friends. "Over the next few days, she met friends for ice cream and posted pictures of herself on Facebook," said a statement from the prosecutor.

The baby's name has been withheld due to privacy laws, and has been referred to in court as 'Jane Doe'. Details behind the mother’s motive or how the body was discovered have not been released.

U.S. attorney’s spokesman Cosme Lopez said he could not provide additional information on circumstances surrounding the child's death.

Attson gave birth to her daughter and it was discovered that the child had methamphetamines in her system. The child was removed from her mother's custody and placed in the custody of tribal services.

The baby was returned to Attson, but apparently, full-time motherhood wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for this woman. A mere two months after getting her child back, she left the child out in the desert to die of exposure.

In September, temperatures can reach around 90 degrees in the desert. Dying of exposure is a slow and agonizing death. The body will slowly shut down over a period of hours, or days.

The person will suffer dehydration and heat stroke, with the nerves feeling like they're on fire as the body temperature rises. The person may vomit, organs begin to fail, and eyeballs can actually boil like eggs.

It’s a gruesome way to go.

The judge called it a 'intentional, cold-hearted, horrendous killing of an innocent child'. In the plea deal, Attson agreed to the prison sentence of 20 years. After 20 years, she will spend five years on supervised release.

The shockingly brutal murder method could have carried a life sentence if Attson was convicted of first-degree murder. A 20-year sentence was still at the high end of the range, but for some, the young mother got off easy considering the pain, suffering and fear that baby Jane Doe faced.

According to Bernadine Martin, former chief prosecutor for the Navajo Nation, it's 'simply not enough'. She notes that the child was out in the desert, trapped and alone for days, in physical distress, afraid, and 'needing the one person who is supposed to care for her the most, that being the mother'.

Source: Daily Mail, ABC News
Photo: Facebook

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