A Wolf Point woman who killed her own two-year-old daughter pleaded guilty to federal murder charges.
Heather Dawn Smith (Yellow Owl) appeared in Great Falls Federal Court to plead guilty to the superseding indictment charging Smith with second degree murder Wednesday, May 31, 2023.
Smith was detained pending further proceedings. Sentencing is set for November 1, 2023.
On November 8, 2020 in Wolf Point, Smith beat the victim, a two-year-old child, according to court documents.
When Smith checked on the victim on November 12, the child was unresponsive. The child was transported to the hospital in Wolf Point, where she was pronounced dead. The cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Harper Suek and Ryan G. Weldon are prosecuting the case. The FBI, Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation and Wolf Point Police Department conducted the investigation.