An Ethete woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter for killing her baby a year ago, according to federal court records on Wednesday.

Ardis Sierra Enos, who was 20 at the time of her arrest and an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, was initially charged with first degree murder, according to federal court records.

As part of the plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Enos pleaded guilty in January to voluntary manslaughter with her sentence set at 11 years.

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Enos after hearing statements from her, her mother and her grandmother.
Skavdahl ordered her to receive mental health treatment, and pay $3,700 in restitution. The judge also recommended she be incarcerated at the lowest security level facility possible.
In January, Enos told the court she didn't tell anyone she was pregnant because she was scared of what her family and friends would think.
Enos, who was a nursing student at Central Wyoming College, did not believe she could support a child, either.
She also said she was confused and panicked after the baby was born at home. She obstructed his airway, wrapped it in a towel, and placed it on her property.
Her attorney, public defender James Barrett, said her family has been very supportive and she has followed all the conditions of her bond.

The case began March 27, 2014, when a emergency room doctor at the Lander Regional Hospital called the FBI to report Enos had been admitted for complications. Enos told the doctor she had given birth to a still-born baby and buried it in the yard of a residence in Ethete, according to the affidavit of FBI Special Agent David Donati and filed with U.S. District Court.

The Fremont County Coroner searched the area, which is outside the Wind River Indian Reservation, and found the body of a baby boy wrapped in a towel, according to the affidavit.

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