SD SD - Joann Hoof, 2 days old, taken from mom at a hotel, FBI involved, Oglala, 29 Apr 2022

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PINE RIDGE, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Law enforcement officials are investigating after an infant was taken during a custodial dispute on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Joann Hoof was just two days old when she was taken from her mother on April 29 at the Prairie Wind Hotel and Casino, according to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA.

The Chief of Staff for the South Dakota Attorney General’s office, Tim Bormann confirmed the infant is missing. Bormann said it is a “custodial issue” that happened on tribal land. The incident does not qualify for an Amber Alert since authorities do not believe the child is in immediate danger.

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Department and the FBI are handling the investigation. These agencies notified the Attorney General’s office, which prompted the state to add Joann to the missing persons page, but they have not yet asked for assistance from the state, according to Bormann.

The FBI has yet to respond to a request for comment on the investigation.

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Wait a second. Was Joann taken by her mother? Who has supposed to have custody of her?
Taken from her mother..quote from link:
"Joann Hoof was just two days old when she was taken from her mother on April 29 at the Prairie Wind Hotel and Casino, according to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA."
 

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Taken from her mother..quote from link:
"Joann Hoof was just two days old when she was taken from her mother on April 29 at the Prairie Wind Hotel and Casino, according to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA."
Thank you! I was so confused.
 

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She is two days old!!
Sounds like its maybe the dad that took her???

Eta: ah she was two days old when she was taken. Still a very tiny new baby.

Well, certainly hope Dad has back-up & is ready for some serious sleep deprivation!

My 'baby' is nearly 28, and yeah, been there, done that.

Joann, hope you are safe & warm, dry & feed & cuddled & lullabied...your Websleuths Aunties & Uncles love you.

jmho ymmv lrr
 

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I know I used to see 24 hour daycare’s at the casino in Cherokee NC.(They made my blood run cold) but I sincerely hope none would take in a newborn. Do we know she was there to gamble or was she using it as a place to stay and rest up?
 

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I know I used to see 24 hour daycare’s at the casino in Cherokee NC.(They made my blood run cold) but I sincerely hope none would take in a newborn. Do we know she was there to gamble or was she using it as a place to stay and rest up?
Isn't there places that still hire people (seasonal or not?) in exchange for room and board?
Another question; does the custodial dispute originate on the reservation? Or just the abduction?
 

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I know I used to see 24 hour daycare’s at the casino in Cherokee NC.(They made my blood run cold) but I sincerely hope none would take in a newborn. Do we know she was there to gamble or was she using it as a place to stay and rest up?
Yeah, someone proposed doing that here (not an Indian reservation) when someone found 3 little kids, siblings, playing on the riverbank in the middle of the night. Their parents had left their in their car seats, asleep, and went in to gamble. I could understand doing that for the employees, because many of them are at high risk for child care issues, but NOT the gamblers! That isn't their responsibility.
 

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I am guessing the mom worked for the casino as it is on tribal land. I know our local Indian casino gives housing to the employees and their family at a very reduced rate, as part of their employment benefits package.
 

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Am I missing something? This baby has been missing for three weeks and we're just now hearing about it?! So concerned about this tiny one.
I think it is because they think it was a custody dispute, not a random abduction. I agree with you it is strange and worrisome that it ism just being reported now.

I am hoping that the bio Dad or his parents, etc, had some justifiable explanation why they needed to 'rescue' her and everything will soon be sorted out. I am clinging to that hope but it could be wrong.
 

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I don't recall feeling like going to a casino when any of my four children was 2 days old. Strange story, to me.

This may be the most convenient hotel/motel near the hospital/birthing center, too.

(BTW with the way the South Dakota Attorney General acts -- well just concerned about tiny Joann on a whole 'nuther level....)

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MAY 31

Joann Hoof was just two days old when she went missing, but her mother, Lassandra Hoof, said she is running into multiple jurisdictional hurdles in her search to find her infant.

Joann was born April 27 on the Pine Ridge Reservation to Lassandra Hoof and Jacob Barajas.

After Barajas reportedly took Joann on April 29 without her mother’s consent, Lassandra filed for temporary emergency child custody and temporary emergency placement of the baby, which the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court granted her on May 2. On May 24, the court granted Lassandra permanent guardianship over Joann, tribal court documents show.

Despite the custody rulings and Joann being listed as officially missing on the South Dakota Attorney General’s missing persons list, Lassandra said she hasn’t had much luck getting help from the Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Department.

The department provided the missing person information to the South Dakota Attorney General’s office and are listed as the agency in charge of the case, according to Tim Bormann, the attorney general’s chief of staff.

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