SHIPROCK — A 30-year-old Shiprock woman pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to child abuse.
Angela Sloane was accused in May of endangering the lives of her two young children by driving under the influence of alcohol while the children sat unrestrained in the back seat of her vehicle, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Sloane crashed the vehicle into a wooden fence and a parked vehicle, but the children, ages 1 and 9, did not suffer serious bodily injury. The crash took place at approximately 4 p.m. on May 9 near the Indian Village in Shiprock, according to the affidavit. Sloane barricaded herself in her home following the crash, but was eventually taken into custody and found to have 0.23 blood-alcohol content.
Sloane faces a maximum sentence of three years in federal prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
The case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David Adams is prosecuting the case.