The woman believed by authorities to be the mother of two newborns whose remains were found in South Dakota in an apparent homicide has voluntarily agreed to a commitment for treatment of mental illness.
Kelly Jean Anderson-Person, 34, of Clarkfield, formerly of Hendricks, was interviewed at her home at 804 9th Avenue in Clarkfield on Tuesday, August 13 by two South Dakota investigators in connection to the homicide case.
According to civil commitment documents filed in Yellow Medicine County, while being interviewed Anderson-Person reached in between two sofa cushions and pulled out a gun which she pointed at her head while also holding her infant child. Documents state that investigators managed to disarm her without injury, an errant gunshot piercing the ceiling.
The incident served as the basis for a civil commitment petition filed by the YMC Attorney’s Office. The subsequent hearing held at the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo was closed to the public.
According to YMC assistant attorney Amanda Sieling, during the hearing Anderson-Person voluntarily agreed to mental illness treatment after admitting that she placed the gun to her head and was holding her child at the time. The order, issued by District Judge Thomas Van Hon, commits Anderson-Person for up to six months and leaves open the possibility of another six month commitment.
In addition to the civil commitment hearing, a custody hearing wherein Van Hon would order the placement of Anderson-Person’s nine month old with the child’s father was also held.
Since the August 13 incident in Anderson-Person’s home she had been held at Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Following the proceedings she was transported to a facility in Annandale.
According to civil commitment documents, Anderson told South Dakota Investigators
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation has been leading the homicide investigation since the discovery of the infants’ remains this past November on property located on Fish Lake in Deuel County in eastern South Dakota. The property, which is northwest of Hendricks and southwest of Canby, is owned by a member of Anderson-Person’ family.
According to civil commitment documents, Anderson-Person told South Dakota investigators of being pregnant in 2009 and 2011 and also acknowledged that the infant remains found in South Dakota were her children by birth.
To date, no charges have been filed in association with the incident. If and when they do, current expectations are that they would be filed in Lincoln County––the county of the children’s birth––according to Lincoln County Attorney Glen Petersen.