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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Clarkfield woman pleads guilty to child endangerment

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    Kelly Anderson-Person pleaded guilty to child endangerment for an incident in August when she pulled out a gun and attempted suicide while being interviewed by law officers and holding her then-nine-month-old daughter in her lap.
    The 34-year-old of Hendricks, formerly of Clarkfield, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Tuesday at the Yellow Medicine County District Court in Granite Falls.
    “I tried to commit suicide. I tried to shoot myself in the head,’’ said Anderson-Person in testimony offered with the plea, according to the West Central Tribune.
    Anderson-Person could face a year in jail for the gross misdemeanor offense.
    The incident, which occurred at her home in Clarkfield on August 13, occurred when two officers from South Dakota interviewed her in regard to the remains of two infants that were found in November of 2012 on property located on Fish Lake in Deuel County in eastern South Dakota.
    Anderson-Person reportedly pulled a .38-caliber revolver from under her sofa and put it to her head after admitting to disposing of the two infant bodies that she told the officers she had given birth to in 2009 and 2011.
    The officers tackled her before it the gun was discharged into the ceiling.  Anderson-Person acknowledged that her actions put her child as risk.
    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. She has since been released and is presently free on $6,000 bail under conditions that she has no contact with children and obeys domestic abuse no-contact orders.
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