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Eagle Butte woman sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for murder of 20-month-old child


PIERRE, South Dakota — An Eagle Butte woman convicted of killing a toddler by kicking him in the head has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Twenty-one-year-old Jordyn Blue Coat was accused of angrily kicking a 20-month-old child in her care last October, when the boy got ahold of a dirty diaper and made a mess.

Authorities say the kick pushed the child's head into a TV stand. The child lost consciousness and died in a Rapid City hospital the next day.

Blue Coat pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder of a child.

Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Blue Coat will be on supervised released for three years after her prison term. She also goes by the name Jordyn Swan.

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