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Forum staff reports, Published October 02 2012

Fort Ransom mom charged with murder in death of 22-month-old son

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A Fort Ransom woman is charged with murder and two counts of child abuse or neglect in connection with the death of her 22-month-old son.

Jodi Renae Lindvall faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the murder charge filed Tuesday in Ransom County District Court.

Lindvall was arrested Monday and made her first court appearance Tuesday, according to an official at the Barnes County Jail in Valley City, where she’s being held.

Her son, Bentley Lindvall, of Fort Ransom, died Sept. 22. Court documents don’t reveal how the child died.

The murder charge alleges that on or about Sept. 18, Lindvall caused the boy’s death “under circumstances manifesting extreme

indifference to the value of human life” or by the past abuse, pattern of abuse and types of injuries sustained by the child.

The Class A felony abuse or neglect charges, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison, allege that Lindvall willfully inflicted bodily or mental injury upon the boy or “did willfully fail to provide proper parental care or control necessary for the child’s physical, mental or emotional health or morals.”

The complaint was signed Monday by Ransom County State’s Attorney Fallon Kelly.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528