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South Dakota woman to plead guilty in emaciated kids case

RAPID CITY (AP) — A Kyle woman is expected to plead guilty after two of her children were found emaciated on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Court records indicate 34-year-old Darcel Featherman will plead guilty to felony child abuse and neglect Sept. 29.

The Rapid City Journal reports she admitted to leaving the girls with her mother and sister, knowing they wouldn't properly care for them due to alcohol and meth use.

Tribal police found the girls, ages 3 and 2, nearly starved to death in November. They both weighed about 13 pounds and could barely move. Court documents show the older girl was later found to be blind due to "chronic non-accidental" brain trauma.

The children were placed in custody of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. They've gained weight in foster care.