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Jury convicts Little Eagle man of severely beating niece with multiple items over four days


ABERDEEN, S.D.--  A 40-year-old man from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has been found guilty by a federal jury of severely beating his 11-year-old niece with multiple items over a four-day period.

Chavez Spotted Horse of Little Eagle was found guilty of three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of child abuse in the trial in Aberdeen.

Spotted Horse faces up to 60 years in custody and/or a $1.5 million fine at his sentencing on Jan. 4.

The convictions stem from incidents occurring between Nov. 27 to Nov. 30, 2016, when Spotted Horse beat her on the legs with a plastic spoon the first day, on the back with wooden back scratcher the second day and with a plastic curtain rod the following day. The victim remained on the floor screaming and crying, begging for her uncle to stop as he beat her with the curtain rod, causing multiple welts and bruising. On the final day, Nov. 30, Spotted Horse grabbed a thick plastic hanger and repeatedly struck her on the back with it, until it broke, causing bruises and welts in the shape of the hanger.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency.