South Dakota Woman Accused Of Beating Daughter To Death

Authorities say a South Dakota woman faces life in prison for allegedly beating her five-year-old daughter to death.
    
Officials say 25-year-old Desarae Makes Him First has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, assault resulting in serious bodily injury to a child and child abuse.
    
Authorities allege that earlier in October on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Makes Him First repeatedly hit her child, causing injuries that led to her death. Court records say Makes Him First initially blamed the injuries on a fall down the stairs.
    
But Makes Him First allegedly later told authorities that in one instance she punched the girl repeatedly in the chest because she was angry the child had spilled milk on clean laundry.
    
An attorney for Makes Him First didn’t immediately return a telephone message requesting comment.