Man admits to kidnapping 11-year-old girl, sexually assaulting her, killing her with tire iron

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SHIPROCK, New Mexico – The man charged with abducting and killing a girl from New Mexico’s Navajo Nation gave investigators a chilling account of her final hours.

Tom Begaye, 27, said he saw 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike playing with her younger brother Monday, May 2nd in the Lower Fruitland area and offered them a ride, according to a criminal complaint.

Ashlynne’s nine-year-old brother told detectives Begaye drove them toward Shiprock Pinnacle, located along a desolate, high desert plain on Navajo Nation land. Begaye, carrying a tire iron, allegedly took his sister out of the vehicle and walked her away from the car and out of the boy’s sight, according to KOB-TV.

During questioning, Begaye said he stopped the vehicle after Ashlynne started crying and walked her to an isolated area behind a hill.  He admitted to sexually assaulting her before hitting her with the tire iron until she stopped moving, according to the document.

Begaye returned, alone, and drove Mike’s brother a short distance away before telling him to get out of the vehicle, the boy told authorities. A driver found him walking alone around 7:15 p.m.

Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, police issued an Amber Alert for the missing girl, and search parties worked through the dark, early-morning hours to locate her.

Around 11:30 a.m., investigators found her body roughly six miles south of the Shiprock Pinnacle.  She had signs of blunt force trauma to her head, according to police.  Detectives linked her death to Begaye after receiving tips from two alleged witnesses, and found him in a sweat lodge outside of Shiprock.

An angry crowd waited for Begaye outside a federal courthouse in Albuquerque, where he was charged with one count of murder and two counts of kidnapping.

He faces a minimum 20 years in prison. The maximum sentence is life behind bars.


  • imcrazy

    Is it possible that the Navajoe Nation has the death penalty? Maybe bury him in the sand up to his neck next to an ant hill.

  • Doug

    It is instances like this that make me question why the death penalty is even a question. We should take a fillet knife to this piece of sh*t until he expires.

  • wisill

    I agree with the two previous posters, in cases like this the DEATH PENALTY is a fair sentence. If given 20 years, then 20 years or less with good behavior more people have to worry about their child becoming his next victim, and no BS about him paying his dues and being Reformed. It’s not right the tax payers have to pay to keep this scum alive. No electric chair, no drugs, no gas, just let him meet the same fate as his victim.

  • Klaatu

    Throw him in a cell, lock him away, and never check on him ever again…no food, no water, no light……….only after letting the other inmates have their way with him for a week……POS deserves much worse though.

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