MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - The lawyer for a Minnesota woman accused of leaving her dead newborns in South Dakota has agreed to a voluntary mental health commitment.
Attorney Theresa Patock told the Marshall Independent newspaper that her client agreed to six months of treatment, after which she can be committed to another six months if hospital staff recommends it.
A court petition says the woman held a gun to her head when South Dakota authorities were executing a search warrant to collect her DNA at her Clarkfield home on Aug. 13. Officers struggled with her, and the gun fired into the ceiling, but no one was injured.
Court documents say she acknowledged being the mother of two newborns whose remains were found on land owned by her family.
She has not been charged.
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