Foster parent pleads guilty to binding child to high chair, keeping them there overnight

Martha Smith admitted to forcing a child in her foster care to stay in a high chair overnight.
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U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

A Red Lake woman has pleaded to child endangerment for incidents including leaving a child in a high chair overnight.

Martha Smith, 69, pleaded guilty to one count of felony child endangerment in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Smith endangered the child while in her foster care on multiple occasions, according to the plea. Smith admitted that on Oct. 10, 2019 at her residence on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, she bound the child’s wrists and ankles to a high chair and forced them to remain there overnight.

The child, who was five years old at the time, suffered bruising, lacerations and emotional trauma as a result, according to court documents.

In her plea, Smith also admitted to endangering the child on multiple occasions while they were under her care since the age of three-months-old.

Smith’s sentencing date will be set at a later time. 

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