RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Kyle woman has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse and neglect charged after her two of her children were found emaciated on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Thirty-four-year-old Darcel Featherman admitted to leaving her daughters, ages 2 and 3, with her mother and sister, knowing they wouldn’t properly care for them due to alcohol and meth use.

Tribal police found the girls nearly starved to death in November 2016. Authorities say both weighed about 13 pounds and could barely move. Court documents show the older girl was later found to be blind due to “chronic non-accidental” brain trauma.

The children were placed in custody of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

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