Wyo. woman convicted for child abuse, assault

Kandace Sitting Eagle, 33, of Arapahoe, Wyoming, was convicted by a federal jury on Jun. 13, for aggravated child abuse, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and assault with a dangerous weapon. The four-day trial was held before U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson, in Cheyenne.

According to trial evidence, on Dec. 12, 2023, an Arapahoe school resource officer conducted a welfare check on a 13-year-old student that had not been to school in over a month.

He eventually found the child in a crawl space under the trailer where the parents, Kandace and Truman Sitting Eagle, were hiding the child.

Based on the severity of his injuries, the child was immediately taken to Sage West Hospital in Riverton, and then transported via air ambulance to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The investigation proved that the child had suffered weeks of physical beatings, isolation, starvation, and psychological abuse at the hands of Kandace and Truman.

Sentencing has been set for Aug. 29. Kandace Sitting Eagle faces no less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.

Truman Sitting Eagle, 36, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Apr. 8. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 6, in front of U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne. He also faces no less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors in both cases.

This crime was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook.

 

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