Arizona mom who left child in desert to die gets 20 years

Ashley Denise Attson, 23, sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for murder

Ashley Denise Attson, 23, sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for murder

An Arizona woman who put her 17-month-old daughter in a stroller, pushed her into the desert and left her to die on the nation's largest American Indian reservation has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Ashley Denise Attson, 23, committed an 'intentional, cold-hearted, horrendous killing of an innocent child,' US District Judge David Campbell said Monday as he imposed the prison sentence under a plea deal.

Attson had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the September 2016 killing on the Navajo Nation.

Attson left her daughter in the desert for four days and nights before retrieving the body and burying it in an animal hole, the prosecutors said Tuesday in a statement.

'Over the next few days, she met friends for ice cream and posted pictures of herself on Facebook,' the statement said.

Prosecutors say that Attson went out for ice cream and posted pictures on Facebook after abandoning her daughter in the desert in September 2016

Prosecutors say that Attson went out for ice cream and posted pictures on Facebook after abandoning her daughter in the desert in September 2016

The child was born with

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