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

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SHIPROCK, N.M. – 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 in the Lower Fruitland area and offered them a ride, according to a criminal complaint.

Ashlynne’s 9-year-old brother told detectives Begaye drove them toward Shiprock Pinnacle, located along a desolate, high desert plain on


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