Woman says dead babies were hers

GRANITE FALLS – A Clarkfield woman has admitted to being the mother of two newborns whose remains were found on family-owned land in South Dakota in November, according to documents filed in Yellow Medicine County District Court.

A petition from Yellow Medicine County Family Services is seeking to have Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, involuntarily hospitalized after she pointed a gun at herself during an interview with investigators. A civil commitment hearing is scheduled for Friday.

The petition for commitment, filed Aug. 16 in Yellow Medicine County District Court, said investigators spoke with Anderson-Person at her home in Clarkfield on Aug. 13. During that interview, Anderson-Person acknowledged that she had been pregnant in 2009 and 2011 and that she had given birth to two infants whose remains were found in South Dakota in November, the petition said. Toward the end of the interview, Anderson-Person pulled a revolver from under a couch cushion and pointed it at herself, the petition said. At the time, she was holding the gun in her right hand and her infant child in her left hand, the petition said.

Investigators attempted to get the gun away from Anderson-Person, and the gun went off during the struggle, the petition said. No one was injured.

Court documents said Anderson-Person was being investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, in connection with the remains of two infants found in Deuel County, S.D., on Nov. 2. Court documents said the land on which the remains were found belonged to a member of Anderson-Person’s family, and the DCI had received leads saying Anderson-Person had appeared pregnant at two different times, but did not have a baby afterward.

A search warrant filed in Yellow Medicine County District Court last week said investigators were seeking DNA evidence that Anderson-Person was the mother of the two infants, as well as photos or other evidence that she had been pregnant.

Court documents said Anderson-Person, formerly of Hendricks, has been held at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar since Aug. 13. Although Anderson-Person was held under emergency admission at first, court documents said she waived her right to a preliminary hearing, and would continue to be held at the hospital until a commitment hearing Friday. The court appointed a psychologist to examine Anderson-Person and file a report by Wednesday, in preparation for the hearing.

No criminal charges have yet been filed against Anderson-Person.