Mother of starving toddlers sentenced for violating probation

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May 25

The mother, 35-year-old Darcel Featherman, has been sentenced to 3 years after violating probation. Featherman was charged with meth possession on March 20.

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March 13

Two women have been sentenced for neglecting and abusing toddlers. The women are the aunt and mother of two girls who were found in horrible conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation in November 2016.

The children - at the time, 2 and 3 years old - were treated for starvation at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

The attending physician called it the worst case of child abuse he had ever seen. He said that if the children had not been found, they would have died from chronic starvation.

Both women were found guilty of felony child abuse and neglect.

The mother is 34-year-old Darcel Featherman of Rapid City. She had given temporary custody of her children to her mother and sister, knowing that they were unable to care for the children. She was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2017.

On Thursday, Darcel was sentenced to 3 years of probation. She was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $4,293 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

The aunt is 31-year-old Darshan Featherman of Pine Ridge. She intentionally starved the children.

Darshan was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan Poppen and Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.

Darshan was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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