A North Dakota who claimed she couldn’t remember where she left her now-deceased infant son is behind bars on probation violations, with charges in connection with the baby’s death likely on the way.
KFGO reports that 25-year-old Justice Lange is currently behind bars for unpaid fees and probation violation stemming from a 2017 warrant. Her son, a 4-month-old baby boy named Tyr Lange, was found deceased on Saturday in a rural wooded area of Stutsman County.
It’s still unclear how Tyr died, but authorities indicated there were signs of being “out in the elements” for days. A medical examiner is currently performing an autopsy on the baby to determine the official cause of death.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lange claimed that she last saw the infant near a slough, but she couldn’t remember much about the past four days while stuck in the woods. According to Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser, a local farmer spotted Lange walking along the road in the rural area of Woodworth, North Dakota, on Friday. The farmer reportedly dropped Lange off at her grandmother’s house, and the grandmother then called 911.
Last Monday, Lange and her infant son were reported missing, along with a purple pickup truck, prompting an intense search in the wooded, area Lange was seen walking close to.
Kaiser stated that Lange was wanted by police on several outstanding arrest warrants. According to Foster County court records, authorities took a warrant out of Lange’s arrest in 2017 for probation violations, in connection to a 2012 conviction for “forgery or counterfeiting.”
As of Tuesday, Lange remains at the Stutsman County Correctional Center.
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