A Pine Ridge woman accused of abusing her children and involuntarily killing one of them pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the offenses in federal court in Rapid City.
Mona R. Goggleye, 31, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of her 4-month-old daughter in May.
According to her charging document, Goggleye accidentally suffocated the infant sometime between May 6 and 7 while sleeping beside the child after excessively drinking alcohol. The act was committed “without malice” but with “knowledge that her conduct was a threat to the lives of others,” the document says.
Goggleye is also facing a felony child abuse and neglect charge involving the deceased infant and another child, said defense attorney Erin Bolinger.
Her charging document says Goggleye subjected the children to “an environment which constituted mistreatment and was lacking in proper parental care.” Both children were younger than 7.
Goggleye cried silently while Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman read her charges in court. She faces maximum prison sentences of 15 years for abuse and neglect and eight years for involuntary manslaughter.
Oglala Sioux Tribe authorities detained her in May. She was transferred to the Pennington County Jail on Tuesday.
At her Wednesday hearing, a judge granted Goggleye a release with conditions, which include submitting to random alcohol testing and no unsupervised contact with children under age 10. She was also told to follow authorities’ instructions when visiting with her two surviving children.
The U.S. Marshals Service will return her to Pine Ridge, where she has an arrest warrant from tribal court for the same incident.
Kelderman said Goggleye has another outstanding warrant in Pennington County for driving under the influence.