York man pleads no contest to false imprisonment and child abuse

YORK – Lydell R. Black Spotted Horse, 36, of York, has pleaded no contest in a case initially involving four charges related to abuse of a pregnant woman, false imprisonment and child abuse.

Spotted Horse changed his plea in York County District Court this past week, before Judge James Stecker.

Initially he was charged with third degree domestic assault of a pregnant woman, a Class 3A felony; first degree false imprisonment, a Class 3A felony; committing child abuse, a Class 3A felony; and committing child abuse, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He pleaded no contest to false imprisonment and one count of child abuse. The other two charges were then dismissed.

This case began when the York Police Department was dispatched to a York residence in the middle of the night, regarding the report of an assault.

The female victim told officers Spotted Horse and his sister punched and kicked her, “inhibiting her ability to escape the assault with her children.”

At some point, the pregnant victim was able to gather her 5-year-old and 11-month-old children and she attempted to leave, but was “unable to do so as the two continued their assault on her,” according to court documents. It was alleged that the victim was holding the 11-month-old child during that assault and Spotted Horse punched the baby in the head.

The victim was eventually able to leave the residence and called the police.

Officers went to the residence and spoke with Spotted Horse’s sister, Allisa Hawkman, who denied Spotted Horse was there but after she was taken into custody, he was found in the kitchen, with visible injuries to his face.

The Class 3A felony carries a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison with 18 months of post-release supervision, upon conviction. The Class 1 misdemeanor carries a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail.

Sentencing has been set for March 11.


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