Dead babies’ mother agrees to commitment

MONTEVIDEO – A Clarkfield woman who pointed a gun at herself during an interview with investigators seeking information about the remains of two newborns found in South Dakota last November has agreed to a voluntary commitment, her attorney said Friday.

Theresa Patock, who represented Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, at Friday’s commitment hearing at the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo, confirmed Anderson-Person agreed to the six-month commitment, after which she can be committed to another six months if so recommended by hospital staff.

Patock said the commitment has no bearing on any possible legal charges which may be filed in connection with the death of the newborns or pointing a firearm.

Anderson-Person has admitted to being the mother of two newborns whose remains were found on land owned by her family, and that she had been pregnant on 2009 and 2011.

According to the petition for commitment filed on Aug. 16, investigators met Anderson-Person at her residence in Clarkfield on Aug. 13, at which time Anderson-Person pulled a revolver from under a couch cushion and pointed it at her head while holding and infant in her left arm.

Investigators succeeded in wresting the gun from Anderson-Person and during the struggle the gun discharged.

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.

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

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.