The Yellow Medicine County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a woman who allegedly pointed a gun at her head while holding her nine-month-old child after admitting to law enforcement that she disposed her two infant children.
The charge of endgangering a child levied against Jean Anderson-Person, 34, most recently of Clarkfield and formerly of Hendricks, stems from an interview with two South Dakota investigators at her home in Clarkfield on August 13 involving the discovery of the infants’ remains on property located on Fish Lake in Deuel County in eastern South Dakota last November.
Though it had been stated in a prior complaint that Anderson-Person had admitted to being the mother of the children, for the first time, the child endangerment complaint revealed that Anderson-Person also told authorities that she disposed of the bodies.
The complaint does not suggest there was any discussion revolving around the nature of the deaths. It was said that it was shortly after the revelation that she disposed the bodies that Anderson-Person reached for the gun.
Seated on a couch holding her child, Anderson-Person reportedly told investigators she needed to phone her husband. Reaching between two cushions, she instead brandished the gun, which the complaint says investigators were able to disarm her of without injury to her or the child, though not before a bullet was discharged into the ceiling.
That incident served as the basis for a civil commitment petition filed by the YMC Attorney’s Office. Following an August 28 hearing where her husband was also awarded custody of the child, Anderson-Person was voluntarily committed to an in-patient health facility in Annandale where she continues to be held.
The investigation into the alleged homicide of the two infants remains open and no charges are believed to have been filed.