Woman sentenced for child endangerment
A Ronan woman, who entered a plea of guilty in an earlier court appearance to two felony counts of criminal child endangerment and felony criminal endangerment, was sentenced to a total of 30 years with the Montana State Department of Corrections.
All but five years of the sentence were suspended. Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher handed down the sentence in Polson on Dec. 5 to Kristen Ashley Twoteeth, 32.
According to court records, on May 29, 2018, Lake County’s 911 dispatch center received a report that a woman almost hit three children with her car in Ronan.
A responding officer found Twoteeth behind the wheel of a car that had a basketball stand hung up on it and a bicycle under the car. The officer learned that Twoteeth had allegedly picked up her two children, ages 12 and 6, and drove about a mile and then missed her turn. She turned onto Beaverhead Lane, but the turn was too wide, and she got onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting a mailbox, then hit the basketball stand and ran over the bike. Three children were nearly hit in the process.
She allegedly tried to keep going as bystanders tried to get the keys out of the car. One of the bystanders was able to disable the vehicle by disconnecting a battery cable. Twoteeth reportedly smelled of an intoxicating substance and had trouble standing. Her eyes were glossy, her speech was slurred, and she refused a preliminary breath test.
Twoteeth pled guilty to the charges without the benefit of a plea agreement, knowing she could have been sentenced to the maximum 10 years on each of the three charges.