Update: Minnesota mom admits to be mother of dead newborns found in Deuel County
Court documents show a Minnesota woman admitted to investigators that she gave birth to two newborns found dead in rural Deuel County last November.
Kelly Anderson, 34, of Clarkfield, MN is currently in custody under a mental hold after pointing a gun to her head after an interview with investigators. On August 13, a South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent and Brookings Police Department Detective went to Anderson's Clarkfield home to talk with her a second time about the remains found near Astoria.
A family friend and Anderson's brother found the remains in rural Astoria on November 2, 2012. After a forensic investigation, the remains were determined to be that of two newborn babies; one girl and one boy. Local law enforcement issued a news release asking for leads on the matter and had immediate responses.
According to a warrant filed in Yellow Medicine County, MN, of the nine leads law enforcement received six specifically pointed to Anderson as a suspect. The leads claimed seeing Anderson in 2009 and 2011 being pregnant one day but then flat the next.
Investigators met with Anderson on December 21, 2012 and asked her if she knew about the remains. She told investigators she heard about the ordeal through her cousin and brother. She also told investigators she had permission to be on the property where the newborns were found because it is her aunt's property; it is also the same location of the wedding for her first marriage.
During their first meeting, investigators asked if she would be willing to provide a DNA sample to help with their investigation; Anderson denied.
Investigators turned to her ex-husband, with whom Anderson shares a daughter. After their divorce, the ex-husband found out Anderson was pregnant and he wanted to confirm whether or not the baby was his child. In April, investigators executed a search warrant for that paternity test to compare Anderson's DNA with the dead newborns.
The test results showed Anderson is 77 times more likely to be the mother of the male newborn and 19 times more likely to be the mother of the female newborn.
On August 13, investigators returned, this time with a search warrant. Anderson agreed to speak with them and they sat down in the living room. According to court papers, Anderson acknowledged she had been pregnant in 2009 and 2011 and that the infant remains in Deuel County were babies she had birthed.
Toward the end of the interview, Anderson pulled a firearm from between the couch cushions and held it to her head, all the while she held her 9-month-old daughter.
The DCI Agent and Detective struggled with Anderson to get the gun out of her had. During the struggle the gun went off but no one was hurt. Anderson was arrested, police obtained a DNA swab from her inside cheek and took several items of evidence into custody.
Anderson underwent evaluation and was ordered to be placed in custody under a mental hold.