Minn. woman in case of dead babies to be committed

Published 2:45 pm Saturday, August 31, 2013

MONTEVIDEO — A Minnesota woman accused of leaving her two dead newborns in a South Dakota tree grove has agreed to a voluntary mental health commitment, her lawyer said Friday.

Attorney Theresa Patock said that Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, agreed to six months of treatment, after which she can be committed to another six months if hospital staff recommends it. Patock represented Anderson-Person at a commitment hearing held Friday at the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo.

On Aug. 13, Anderson-Person pulled a revolver from under a couch cushion and pointed it at her head when South Dakota authorities were executing a search warrant to collect her DNA at her Clarkfield home, according to a court petition. Officers struggled with her, and the gun fired into the ceiling, but no one was injured.

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The petition to have Anderson-Person committed said that she told authorities she was pregnant in 2009 and 2011 and that the infant remains found in eastern South Dakota last November were her babies. The court document does not say how the babies died or why the remains were located in a tree grove near Fish Lake, S.D. Anderson-Person has not been charged in the deaths.

The South Dakota land is owned by a family member, according to the search warrant affidavit filed in Yellow Medicine County.

Anderson-Person, formerly of Hendricks, has been held at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar since Aug. 13, according to court documents. Although she was kept under emergency admission at first, the documents said she waived her right to a preliminary hearing and would continue to be held at the hospital.