Two mission women named Verna Blue Thunder aged 42, and Lorraina Stead, aged 26, were charged with child abuse in South Dakota by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Verna accused of Major Bodily Injury harm to these two children.
Verna was found guilty and sentenced to 90 months in prison including three years of supervised release, along with a fine of $200 to Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Lorraina was found guilty for Simple Assault of a Child along with assisting charges. Stead received one year of supervised release and one year of custody, along with a fine of $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The two offenders may need to give up their gains to the claimer.
The two young children settled at the offenders’ home in Mission became a victim of emotional abuse, physical abuse and starvation over 21 months by the offenders. The children avoided being assessed by the South Dakota Department of Social Services by both women. However, after some time, a relative from Washington attempted physical custody and medical attention for the children after knowing their condition. The children were found with fractures on both ribs and arms and were malnourished.
FBI and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services were responsible for investigating the case.