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Forum and wire reports, Published September 26 2007

Two face murder charges in Valley City

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Two people face murder charges here in connection with the death of a 14-month-old boy.

James Lee Thompson, 26, and his friend Cassandra Y. Riediger, 18, both of Valley City, turned themselves in about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the death of Thompson’s son, Marcus, according to a news release from the Barnes County State’s Attorney.

They face Class AA felony murder charges and were set to appear in court this morning.

Authorities said Marcus was found not breathing in his crib on Sept. 15.

Police Chief Dean Ross said final results from an autopsy are pending. Authorities believe dehydration and starvation contributed to the death.

The Valley City Police Department and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation are handling the case.

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