She Left Her Baby Daughter In The Desert To Die, And Now She Will Learn Her Fate

Updated August 3, 2017

When an Arizona woman was fed up raising her daughter, she put the 17-month-old in a stroller and rolled her out into the desert and left her to die. 23-year-old Ashley Denise Attson has since pleaded guilty to the shocking September 2016 murder of her baby, whom she left in the brutal heat of the Navajo Nation desert for four days. The poor baby was born with methamphetamine in her system and had only recently been returned to Attson after an extended time away. And when the judge called her murder of the baby “intentional, cold-hearted [and a] horrendous killing,” Attson learned her fate and did not like it.

For the horrible killing of her 17-month-old baby girl, Ashley Denise Attison has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after killing her daughter on the Navajo Nation. She had left the baby in the heat for four days and four nights before going back out to retrieve the dead baby, burying her in an abandoned animal hole. The prosecutors could hardly keep back their emotions as they revealed the shocking evidence.

“Over the next few days, she met friends for ice cream and posted pictures of herself on Facebook,” the Prosecution’s statement published Tuesday said. She had just killed her daughter and showed no signs of remorse.

After the baby had been born with crystal meth in her system, she was taken from Attison’s custody and given to the tribal social services. She remained there for most of her life until Attison regained custody of the little girl just two months before she killed her.

U.S. Attorney’s spokesperson Cosme Lopez did not comment on the mother’s motive for killing her tiny baby. Lopez also did not provide any more information on the horrible details of the child’s death. Because the baby was a juvenile, Lopez did not release her name and instead referred to her as “Jane Doe.”

Although Attison could have received a life prison sentence, the murderer only got 20 years behind bars. This worried a former tribal prosecutor because it seems the law is becoming too lenient.

While abandoned in the hot Arizona desert, the child was afraid, physically suffering and “needing the one person who is supposed to care for her the most, that being the mother,” said Bernadine Martin, a former chief prosecutor for the Navajo Nation. “And 20 years is simply not enough.”

Now that she has learned her fate, Attison will spend the next 20 years in prison. Upon her release she will be supervised for five years.

Readers are shocked to learn that a mother could do this to her baby. And here are some comments shared on Mail Online:

“That poor baby must have been terrified out of her wits. I cannot imagine how awful it must have been to be abandoned in a desert the heat and then freezing nights with predators lurking about. The worst one being the evil mother!”

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