A Phoenix mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for pushing her daughter in a stroller and leaving her in a desert to die. According to The Washington Post, 23-year-old Ashley Denise Attson pled guilty to second-degree murder in the September 2016 killing that occured on the Navajo Nation reservation.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona, Attson left her 17-month daughter in the desert for four days. “Over the next few days, she met friends for ice cream and posted pictures of herself on Facebook," the prosecutor's office said. She eventually came back only to bury the child in an animal hole.
The child was born with methamphetamine in her system and in the custody of tribal social services for much of her life. Attson only regained custody of her about two months before killing her.
Under the plea agreement, the mother received a 20-year sentence. The maximum sentence otherwise would have been life. On Monday, the U.S. District Judge presiding over the incident called it, an "intentional, cold-hearted, horrendous killing of an innocent child."
No motive was released about the child's death.