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Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks role in child welfare case
Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has filed a motion to intervene in a Utah child welfare case.

A baby girl was born August 18 shortly after her mother was killed by a shotgun. The mother, Darla Marie Woundedhead, was a member of the tribe, The Deseret Morning News reported. Woundedhead is pictured at the right.

The baby was born with cocaine, opiates and barbiturates in her bloodstream, the paper said. She had to be delivered by emergency C-section. She is currently in critical condition.

Woundedhead, 30, was shot while standing in the doorway of a motel room. She was believed to be seven months pregnant. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the room, police said.

Police arrested Kerri Armant, 32, and are looking for three men in connection with the shooting.

The state has taken custody of baby "Janie." A man has come forward claiming to be the father.

Get the Story:
State takes custody of baby in gun slaying (The Deseret Morning News 8/25)
DCFS says man claims to be baby 'Janie's' dad (The Salt Lake Tribune 8/25)
State Seeks “Do Not Resuscitat” Order For Baby (The Salt Lake Tribune 8/24)

Relevant Links:
National Indian Child Welfare Association -

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