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BUFFALO CENTER | A North Iowa woman was sentenced to jail Tuesday in a Buffalo Center child abduction case.

Authorities say Ashley Machain, 29, the children’s biological mother, brandished a knife when she and Daniel L. Smith, her alleged accomplice, took two small children from a Buffalo Center house in November 2016. 

The children, ages 1 and 3, were recovered safely in Fort Dodge the following day. 

Machain, named in court documents as Ashley Nicole Machain Santiz, was originally charged with felony second-degree burglary, child endangerment and assault while participating in a felony.

Machain through a plea agreement pleaded down her charges to misdemeanor trespass and disorderly conduct. The assault charge was dismissed. 

She was sentenced in Winnebago County District Court to 30 days in jail for each count, served consecutively with credit for time served.

Smith, 30, of Fort Dodge, was sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to lesser charges in September. 

— Courtney Fiorini

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