The woman who has allegedly admitted to disposing of her two infant children in South Dakota made her first appearance in Yellow Medicine County District Court Wednesday, November 13 for a charge related to a gun incident that occurred at her Clarkfield home toward the tail end of summer.
Unconditional bail was set at $6,000, according to Yellow Medicine Assistant County Attorney Stacy Vinberg. However, Anderson-Person would accept conditional bail agreements, including that she have no contact with a child and obey the conditions of a domestic abuse no-contact order.
The gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment against Jean Anderson-Person, 34, most recently of Clarkfield and formerly of Hendricks, stem from an interview with two South Dakota investigators at her home on August 13.
According to the complaint, Anderson-Person was being questioned in regard to the discovery of the infants’ remains on property located in eastern South Dakota last November, when she reached between two couch cushions and revealed a gun that she placed to her own head while holding her nine-month-old child. Investigators were able to disarm her 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 a mental health facility with an expected release date toward the end of November.
Charges of child endangerment by the Yellow Medicine County attorney’s office came earlier this month, while charges have yet to be filed in relation to the discovery of the two infants bodies. That case remains open and South Dakota authorities are investigating the matter as a homicide.