ABERDEEN, S.D. — A McLaughlin-area woman accused of beating her 5-year-old daughter to death last year has pleaded guilty to murder.

The American News reports (http://bit.ly/2uIxjyP ) that 26-year-old Desarae Makes Him First appeared in federal court in Aberdeen on Thursday. She could face life in prison when sentenced on Oct. 30.

Makes Him First and Matthew St. Pierre were charged last October in the killing on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. St. Pierre is still scheduled for trial next month.

Authorities say the girl had bruises all over her body. Court records say she died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen.


This story has been corrected to show court records say the girl died of trauma to her abdomen, rather than head trauma.


Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com