- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A woman who took her children from a supervised visit will spend as much as five years with the Department of Corrections.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2exCRm0) 34-year-old Maria Christianna Sandoval said during her sentencing that she took the children thinking that they were being abused by their foster parents.

Ed Zink of the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office said Sandoval neglected the kids and abused illegal substances when they were in her care.

Yellowstone County District Court Judge Rod Souza recommended that Sandoval spend her sentence at a community-based women’s facility in Billings.

Court documents say Sandoval took the children with the help of their father, 35-year-old Donald Ira Stratton.

Stratton received a three-year deferred sentence.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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