People all over Indian Country are rejoicing over a recent court ruling regarding the Savanna Greywind case.On Tuesday September 12th a judge ruled to dismiss the need for protective custody for Haisley Jo, daughter of the slain Native woman.The father, Ashton Mathney, had been fighting tooth and nail to get legal custody of the beautiful baby girl. Even after establishing the child who had been found in a neighbor's apartment was in fact his, the legal system was taking it's time returning her to her family. “It's been the toughest month of my life.” Ashton commented after the month long battle. Savanna Greywind disappeared August 19th, 8 months pregnant. She was last seen in a neighbor's apartment, leaving the safety of her apartment to model a dress the neighbor had been making. Days after, the 24th, authorities raided said apartment discovering a newborn child. After being taken into custody the woman and her boyfriend admitted the child belonged to the 22 year old who had gone missing. It is not yet known exactly how the child ended up there.
“There are some suspicious items in that farmstead that lead us to believe that that may be a crime scene.” The police Chief commented.
Three days after locating the child, a body wrapped in plastic was found by a kayaker in a nearby river. Police later announced they had confirmed it was Savanna.Ashton was not allowed to see his daughter until September 4th, nearly 11 days after she’d been located.
“It feels amazing, it's finally over.” Mathney said, ready to begin the healing process and move forward with Haisley by his side.
Both Mathney and Greywind are members of the Spirit Lake Tribe. Prior to the tragedy Mathney had been residing with his father on the North Dakota Reservation.
Newborn Daughter of Slain Native Woman Finally Returned To Family
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