- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A woman accused of leaving her 2- and 4-year-old daughters to die in a remote area of northwestern North Dakota will face trial.

KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1cybC7L ) reports that court documents in the case against 25-year-old Michelle Wounded Face show that a mental health examination found her competent to stand trial. She pleaded not guilty to child abuse and neglect on Wednesday.

Wounded Face is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. She’s accused of abandoning her daughters in a car for more than three hours on Jan. 3, in bitter cold weather. They survived.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ordered the examination in February. She was evaluated at a federal medical center in Texas, where a psychologist determined that she can understand the charges against her.

She is in custody in Jamestown.


Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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