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Judge sentences woman from Spirit Lake Indian Reservation to 8 months on child neglect charge

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FARGO, North Dakota — A woman accused of child abuse on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Alesia Shaw is charged in federal court with child abuse or neglect. Authorities say police observed her handling in her 1-year-old son in a rough manner during a drug investigation at her residence.

Shaw was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2006 for a car accident that killed her 17-month-old child. Authorities say she was driving drunk and lost control of her vehicle.

Shaw was arrested earlier this year for drunken driving with a child her child in the vehicle.

The tribe's child protection system has been the subject of numerous inquiries resulting from cases of child abuse on the reservation.

A federal public defender was not available for comment.

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