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Woman linked to S.D. homicide appears on child endangerment charge

GRANITE FALLS — The woman who has allegedly admitted to disposing of the bodies of two of her infant children in eastern South Dakota made her first court appearance Wednesday on a child endangerment charge stemming from a gun incident at her home in August.

Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, most recently of Clarkfield and formerly of Hendricks, faces a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment in Yellow Medicine County for allegedly pointing a gun at her head this summer while she held her 9-month-old child. The incident happened when law enforcement officers from South Dakota were questioning her about the infant remains during an interview at her home in Clarkfield. South Dakota authorities are investigating the matter as a homicide.

Anderson-Person appeared Wednesday in Yellow Medicine County District Court, and unconditional bail was set at $6,000, according to Yellow Medicine Assistant County Attorney Stacy Vinberg. Anderson-Person accepted the conditions of conditional bail, including that she have no contact with a child and obey the conditions of a domestic abuse no-contact order, and was released on her personal recognizance, Vinberg said.

No further court dates are currently noted in the court file.

Anderson-Person was committed to in-patient mental health care in August and the complaint notes that her anticipated release date from the Minnesota Specialty Health Systems in Willmar is the end of November.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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