A federal grand jury in Seattle today indicted a Tulalip woman on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of her 1-year-old daughter in a parked car on the reservation in October.
Christina D. Carlson was also indicted on two counts of criminal mistreatment for the alleged neglect of her second daughter. Carlson will be arraigned on May 23 in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
Prosecutors allege Carlson left Chantel Craig and her 3-year-old daughter alone on Oct. 8 in the car in which they apparently were living. Investigators believe Carlson was using drugs there.
An autopsy showed Chantel suffered from severe malnutrition, weighing just 18 pounds. She was found covered in waste, and had maggots in her diaper and lice in her hair. Her older sister was in similar condition but survived.
Carlson has been in federal custody at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac since January.