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Private counsel retained: Hearing postponed on child endangerment charge against woman questioned in S.D. homicide case

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GRANITE FALLS — A pre-trial hearing was postponed Friday for the woman accused of endangering her child while being interviewed in a South Dakota homicide investigation stemming from the discovery of the bodies of two infants believed to be hers.

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Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, informed the court that she has retained private counsel to represent her. In a brief hearing Friday morning, District Judge Dwayne Knutsen ordered that a pre-trial hearing that was to be held at that time be rescheduled as a result.

Yellow Medicine County in November filed a gross misdemeanor charge against Anderson-Person of endanger a child — could cause harm or death.

The complaint alleges that on Aug. 13 while being questioned in her home in Clarkfield, she held a gun directly at her head with a finger on its trigger while holding her nine-month-old child. The gun was wrestled from her control by law enforcement officers who were interviewing her, but not before it discharged once into the ceiling.

Officers with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and Brookings, S.D., Police Department and the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office were at Anderson-Person’s home where the South Dakota officers were questioning her in the homicide investigation.

The remains of two infants had been found in November 2012 near Fish Lake in Deuel County, S.D., on land owned by an Anderson family member.

Anderson-Person told the officers during the August interview that she had been pregnant in 2009 and 2011, had given birth to the two infants and disposed of their bodies, court documents state. There is no indication whether there was discussion about how the babies — a boy and a girl — had died.

After she pulled a gun during the August interview, Anderson-Person was first held under an emergency commitment order and then later agreed to be committed to in-patient mental health care with the Minnesota Specialty Health Systems in Willmar until the end of November.

She is currently free on $6,000 bail with conditions that she has no contact with a child and obeys the conditions of a domestic abuse no-contact order.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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