A North Dakota woman who claimed last week she couldn’t remember where she last saw her infant son after reportedly being lost in the woods for four days, was charged with manslaughter and child neglect on Wednesday.
Grand Forks Herald reports that although the cause of death on her 4-month-old son Tyr is still pending, Fritz Fremgen, Stutsman County state’s attorney, charged 26-year-old Justice Lange with felony manslaughter and felony child neglect. She’s currently being held at the Stutsman County Correctional Center on an unrelated charge stemming from probation violation, but is expected for another hearing on Thursday.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lange claimed last Friday 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 announced on Saturday that people walking in the rural area of Stutsman County found the baby by reed plants at around 2:30 p.m., according to FOX West Dakota. It’s still unclear how the baby died or if foul play was involved.
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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