A Billings woman who served time in federal prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death faces new charges that she abandoned her three young children to assault a former boyfriend.
Stanette Patricia Crowe was charged Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with felony burglary and five misdemeanors, including three counts of endangering the welfare of children.
Judge Larry Herman set bond at $25,000 after a prosecutor said Crowe has a federal conviction for involuntary manslaughter on the Fort Peck Reservation.
Crowe was arrested Saturday after a woman called police to a residence on Cavalier Street.
According to court papers, the woman told officers she arrived home and found Crowe’s vehicle parked outside. Crowe’s 2-year-old child was alone in the vehicle. The woman said Crowe and her boyfriend previously dated and have two children together, including the 2-year-old.
The woman went in her residence and found Crowe ransacking her bedroom. Furniture and other property throughout the residence was damaged or destroyed, she said.
The woman said she left, returned a short time later with a friend and removed the child from the vehicle. She was able to lock Crowe out of the residence, she said, and Crowe pounded on the door and windows for a few minutes before leaving.
The woman told officers she was worried about Crowe’s other children, an infant and a 6-year-old.
An officer and state social worker went to Crowe’s residence and found the children alone.
A short time later, officers were called back to the residence on Cavalier Street where the woman reported Crowe had returned. During a confrontation, Crowe is accused of punching her former boyfriend several times and ripping the shirt of another woman.
Crowe was arrested at the residence. Officers said they found jewelry stolen from the residence in her possession.
Crowe is also charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor partner or family member assault.
In the manslaughter case, Crowe was convicted by a federal jury of stabbing her boyfriend to death on New Year’s Day 2007. Crowe said she stabbed the man, Donald Eagleman, in self-defense after he tried to choke her.
Crowe was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison. She was released in 2010.