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Mother's 13th conviction for child abuse or neglect lands her behind bars


ABERDEEN, S.D. - A Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation mother who has had 12 previous convictions for child abuse or neglect will spend more than three years in custody for her most recent case after her seven children, including an injured baby in a car seat, were found in her home unsupervised.

Velnita Jolette Hairy Chin, 43, of Bullhead was sentenced earlier last week by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Kornmann to 37 months behind bars followed by three years of supervised release.

South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler said the latest incident was in late June when BIA officers were called to her home in Bullhead which is in far north-central South Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation.


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