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2 Sitkans sentenced in child abuse case

Two Sitkans charged in connection with an October child abuse case were sentenced in Sitka Superior Court in early April.

Superior Court Judge David George sentenced 52-year-old Ernestine Dugaqua to 40 months in jail, with 24 suspended, for third-degree assault against her grandchild.

Assistant District Attorney Jean Seaton says the charge deals with someone who neglects to seek medical attention for a child in their care. Dugaqua also received 30 days for violation of her duties as a custodian of children. A third assault charge, for repeated injury to a child, was dismissed.

She’ll be on probation for 5 years after her release.

Also convicted in the case was 21-year-old Frank Natkong, the children’s uncle. He was sentenced to 36 months in jail with 25 suspended, for third-degree assault. He received an additional 30 days for violating conditions of release.

The case came to light about six months ago when Dugaqua’s grandchildren were removed from her home. A 5-year-old girl was placed into foster care and a 3-year-old boy was taken to SEARHC, where he was placed into the critical care unit.

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