Shonya Sam of Navajo Nation Gets 14 Years for Disfiguring Child in Horrific Attack

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A Navajo woman was sentenced to about 14 years in prison on Tuesday for a horrific attack committed against a child she reportedly believed was "evil."

Shonya Tanya Sam and her brother, both of Many Farms, put the 7-year-old girl through a bizarre, hellish experience for several days in early January 2013, records show, leaving the girl disabled.


Her brother, Pernell Sam, (apparently the same transgender Navajo mentioned in a 2003 Associated Press article), didn't take a plea deal like Shonya Sam did; his case is still being processed in federal court.

The pair's crime, (in Pernell's case, alleged crime), shocks the senses.

Apparently, the brother and sister lived with several children in a small home in Many Farms, a community of about 1,300 north of Chinle. Shonya Sam is the victim's mother. One day in early January, the father of the victimized girl showed up to get her. He called for help after finding her so swollen and injured, especially about the face, that she could scarcely be recognized.

The girl was hospitalized; the Sam siblings and other children in the house were interviewed. The horrible story emerged: Somehow, possibly after a meth binge, the siblings had become convinced the little girl needed the "evil" burned out of her.

Shonya Sam (and, allegedly, her brother), took hot ashes from the fireplace and rubbed them on parts of her daughter's body. Hot ash, bark, hot water and other objects were forced into the girl's eyes. Hot water was poured over her face and lower body. She was also kept from food and drink for at least 24 hours before being rescued by authorities.

The girl was placed in a medically induced coma and, against expectations, survived her injuries. It was unclear from court records whether the girl lost her sight, but she's been receiving ongoing care.

Shonya Sam admitted to the allegations in her plea deal. U.S. District Judge Neil Wake sentenced her on Tuesday to 166 months in a federal prison, to be followed by five years' supervised probation.

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az53
az53

Do the same to them!.....rub hot ashes in their eyes.....coward-pig needed more than 14 years and if the nation is lucky, she will be sterilized and prevented from having anymore children!

Marissa Crollard
Marissa Crollard

14 years???? Better idea-- how about that woman and siblings get the exact same things done to them.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

She should get what Ariel Castro got.

Life plus 1000 years.

Gabriel Melendez
Gabriel Melendez

The child is scared for life but she can be free in 14 years. Punishment does not fit the crime. Life sentence should have been given.

britchey1961
britchey1961

this is so wrong..fucking tweekers all need to die


Denise Munday
Denise Munday

Breaks my mother effing heart. F*ck those evil monsters. Ugh.

Norma Sanchez
Norma Sanchez

Poor baby i hopevshe recovers. I cannot imagine her pain. Prayers for her.

Cat M Coughlin Meany
Cat M Coughlin Meany

Her punishment does not equal the horrific abuse she put that poor child thru, sick and disgusting

Maria Dube
Maria Dube

Rico Stackz you are a moron. Are you saying the native Americans have been "coddled" too long? By who? The white men who stole this country from them? And exactly what money are they receiving? Oh THAT'S why they're living in mobile homes or shacks on reservations! And have you ever seen the kind of "healthcare" they receive? You obviously know NOTHING about natives so stick to what you do know. And this isn't a "race" thing, you have turned it into that with your uneducated statements. I feel bad for all parties in this situation and thanks to the cheap skate, lazy dumb ass who invented meth, (probably some lazy ass hillbilly) they have introduced it to the native Americans causing them to poison themselves.

Sofia Nolasco
Sofia Nolasco

What in the hell. Drugs, they'll say it made them do it. Like all drug addicts I'm sure they have an excuse.

Tina Cook Wyatt
Tina Cook Wyatt

Wtf?? 14 years?? How long will this little girl suffer because of this?? Unbelievable!

Sandra Araiza
Sandra Araiza

I think the laws need to change to whatever the crime committed was is what the punishment should be!

Chindi Yazzie
Chindi Yazzie

14 years for burning a kid under the influence of meth, wonder what i'd get for accidently slicing said individuals throat accidently

Rico Stackz
Rico Stackz

I agree the Federal system is a blow. I am a man of liberty. But these tiny " native nation reservations can't last. Accepting all the benefits of modern society, healthcare, money and such , yet living by their own bylaws and such. It's like black people trying to reap reparations to me.

Chindi Yazzie
Chindi Yazzie

The tranny should of rubbed hot ash on his/her own ass.

Rico Stackz
Rico Stackz

Wow you can sure twist a racist situation out of anything huh? The fact is that state sovereignty went out the window a long time and for this weak sort of national tribal thing to last years later is pretty bs. Races have come and gone for millennia. Much older societies than any of the "native american" peoples, have come and gone and been absorbed. These things happen. They have been coddled for far too long from the real effects of modern day law. The rest of us have to deal with it.

Sonny Loko
Sonny Loko

Not just rez folk but anyone goin in & out of the federal system where my Native people are the least populated.

Catalina Elaina Hayes
Catalina Elaina Hayes

Wtf is the matter with people.. this is just awful... pray for this lil girl... I hope they get what they deserve after life and that is to burn in hell.

Sonny Loko
Sonny Loko

Judge Neil V. Wake is a soft ass judge if you ask me. This lady should have gotten more time. Because the federal system does not have attempted murder the charge is dropped down to an assault. But the judge could have said forget it and sentenced to his own satisfaction and disregarded all the other crap. Sentencing guidelines, mitigating factors & stipulations. All that bullshit! This isn't right and i hope she gets hers on the yard!

Sarah Berl
Sarah Berl

Run wild? Oh... Because they're "Indians"? Jerk

Christopher Luck
Christopher Luck

Scalp the bitch , then set her ass on fire she shouldn't of been allowed the chance for prison.

Daniel Kent
Daniel Kent

thats all ?....should be 414 years..watta pos

Sarah Dwyer
Sarah Dwyer

Deeply spiritual people, mixed with man made poison, forgiveness most likely will be impossible, but I can only blame the people who introduced this madness to the masses.

Corday Betonie
Corday Betonie

That the sad part of any of my native brothers and sisters that choose to live that life, doing that fucked up drug called meth.. That shit has no boundaries..and prison ain't no fuckin joke..

Sandra Pánda
Sandra Pánda

The NN laws fucking suck! They don't protect anyone nor or they enforced.

Wanda Jeannie Casillas
Wanda Jeannie Casillas

Repulsive that a defenseless child's life has been destroyed before it ever started. And the culprit will spend 14 years with 3 hots and a cot. I'm disgusted.

Amber Best
Amber Best

Sick bitch!! Let me burn the evil out of her !

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Its rez business, stay out of it, white man.

Vern Begaye
Vern Begaye

@ Rico. You sound very judgmental and racist. I'm Native American, we don't roam/run wild. Any hardcore crime that's committed on the rez, turns into a federal cases.

ChemNerd
ChemNerd

It's not the creator of Meth's fault that these people CHOSE to do the drug and then chose to mutilate that little girl. You're calling people ignorant but you call people dumb ass lazy ass hillbilly creator of meth and blaming them for someone else's choices. Just for your education here, Meth was discovered by a well respected Japanese Chemist in the late 1800's.

looker
looker

Don't blame the inventor of the drug - they didn't force it on them.

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