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Associated Press, Published February 27 2013

Judge says Fort Ransom murder case should proceed

LISBON, N.D. — A judge has ruled that the case against a Fort Ransom woman accused of battering her infant son to death should proceed.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jodi Lindvall was originally charged with murder and child abuse for the death of 22-month-old Bentley Lindvall, who died Sept. 22.

Prosecutors say an autopsy determined the boy had been physically abused and died of a head injury. Lindvall told authorities her son hit his head while she was struggling to change his diaper.

Ransom County Judge Jay Schmitz ruled there's probable cause for the murder case, but dismissed child abuse charges.

Lindvall's arraignment is scheduled March 6.