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Minnesota foster mom, 69, pleads guilty to binding a 5-year-old child to a high chair for hours

Minnesota foster mom, 69, pleads guilty to child endangerment for binding a 5-year-old child to a high chair overnight, leaving her with cuts and bruises on her wrist and ankles

  • Martha Ann Smith, 69, pleaded guilty to the felony charge before Judge Michael J. Davis in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis 
  • Smith admitted to endangering the child on multiple occasions while at her home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation 
  • On the night of October 10, 2019, and into the next morning, Smith tightly bound the minor’s wrist and ankles to the sides of a high chair
  • She forced her to remain in the chair overnight
  • The woman also admitted to endangering and neglecting the child on several occasions, since the child was approximately three months old 

A Minnesota woman pleaded guilty to child endangerment for binding a five-year-old child to a high chair for several hours, leaving severe lacerations on her wrists and ankles as she sat overnight shackled. 

Martha Ann Smith, 69, pleaded guilty to the felony charge before Judge Michael J. Davis in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

A sentencing date for the woman, who resides in the Red Lake Indian Reservation, is set to be scheduled at a later date.  

Martha Ann Smith, 69, pleaded guilty to the felony charge before Judge Michael J. Davis in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Smith admitted to endangering the child on multiple occasions while at her home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation

Smith admitted to endangering the child on multiple occasions while at her home on the reservation.

On the night of October 10, 2019, and into the next morning, Smith tightly bound the minor’s wrist and ankles to the sides of a high chair and forced her to remain in the chair overnight.  

‘As a result of the shackling, the child suffered bruising and lacerations on her wrists and ankles as well as mental and emotional trauma,’ the release states. 

The woman also admitted to endangering and neglecting the child on several occasions, since the child was approximately three months old. 

Those convicted of felony child neglect can be punished by up to one year in prison and/or a $3,000 fine.

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