Former Tribal Chairman’s Daughter Faced Repeated Abuse by Boyfriend

Under-aged Blake Sazue was kept in hiding at Riverview Plaza Apartmetns in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Under-aged Blake Sazue was kept in hiding at Riverview Plaza Apartmetns in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

 

FORT THOMPSON, SOUTH DAKOTA — What began as a runaway story for 16-year-old Blake Sazue, turned into a horror story for her with repeated abuse by her boyfriend.

Blake Carolina Sazue -  Ran away on February 9; faced beatings by boyfriend

Blake Carolina Sazue – Ran away on February 9; faced beatings by boyfriend

The teen ran away on February 9, 2015 and her whereabouts were not known to her family until this past Monday, March 30, when someone called the Chamberlain Police Department with a tip.

Blake is the daughter of the former tribal chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Brandon Sazue, who agreed to allow Native News Online to publish a story last week in hopes it would be helpful to find Blake.

After Blake was taken into custody on Monday on a runaway charge, the story of what happened to Blake while she was away began to unfold.

Blake ran away to be with her boyfriend, also 16-years-old, who she dated on and off for about a year.

Two adults kept the young girlfriend and boyfriend hidden from Blake’s family and law enforcement.

According to Blake things got bad when she told her boyfriend she wanted to leave to go back to her family. She was not allowed to leave. The boyfriend took her shoes and clothes so she could not leave. She alleges she was both physically and emotionally abused by her boyfriend, who left multiple bruises on her body.

Blake was taken back and forth between Fort Thompson and Chamberlain in order to elude authorities. In one of the locations, she was kept in a basement with her clothes and shoes taken away from her so she could not flee.

“This was the most excruciating thing I have ever had to sit through to hear about the horror of what my daughter had to endure,” commented Sazue to Native News Online.

The case is now under investigation by law enforcement to determine what charges will be handed to Blake’s boyfriend and the adults involved in keeping her hidden from law enforcement and her family.

 

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