Federal Judge finds Ethete woman competent to stand trial for infant murder

(Casper, Wyo.) An Ethete woman charged with First Degree Murder in the death of her infant has been found competent to stand trial. U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl made the finding following a competency hearing in Casper earlier this week. Ardis Enos, who was 20 at the time of the alleged crime, has pleaded not guilty.

“The Court heard from parties regarding the issue of competency and found the defendant competent to stand trial,” states court documents. “The defense reserves the right to have the defendant evaluated by their own expert. This is scheduled for August, 17, 2014.”

Enos’s trial has been set to start at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15. However, the defense is expected to request a continuance. Should she be found guilty of first degree murder, Enos could serve life in prison.

Enos allegedly kept her pregnancy a secret from the father as well as friends and family. According to the affidavit filed in the case, Enos reportedly suffocated the infant shortly after birth. The baby was found wrapped in a towel in an irrigation ditch near the family home the next day after Enos sought medical attention for complications. Read more background on the case here.

Enos has been released from detention on a $20,000 unsecured bond.


  1. Marcia Riley

    Serves her right no little baby deserves death

  2. Tiffany Truax

    Really 20,000 unsecured bond for killing her own bold child but there's ppl with no bonds for public intox wtf Wyoming legal/criminal system get it together

  3. Stephen Rebecca Simpson

    This really breaks my heart. I hope for some good news soon. I can't figure out what in the heck is going on lately around here……='(

  4. Mike Logan

    Tiffany, what is the point in setting a bond for ppl who can't or won't pay it and then have to feed and house them WTF?

  5. Torri Vaquero

    It's funny how people can believe everything they read. Nobody knows what happened except her and god.

  6. Marcia Riley

    There is NO excuse for what she did to an inocent life and it sickens me that people can justify it.

  7. Linda Vaquero

    Its ok Torri We All Love Her No Matter what any one says.. Its just a little freedom of speech.. Ignore it all because no one else matters just family..

  8. Torri Vaquero

    Right. Amen!

  9. Emma Estep

    If she would have killed her baby before it was born it would have been legal… Just saying

  10. Hermis Decoteau

    Funny Doctors do this every day and no one says a thing. I am not saying what she did is right I am saying they are both wrong.

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