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Forum staff reports, Published March 07 2013

Mom pleads not guilty in slaying of toddler

LISBON, N.D. – A Fort Ransom woman charged in the battering death of her 22-month-old son has entered a not guilty plea.

Jodi Lindvall, 29, entered her plea at a Ransom County District Court appearance Wednesday, said Ransom County Attorney Fallon Kelly.

Lindvall is charged with murder, a Class AA felony, and a charge of felony Class A child abuse. Another Class A felony child abuse charge against her was dismissed when a Ransom County judge said prosecutors couldn’t establish probable cause that Lindvall caused the boy’s older, healing injuries.

An autopsy showed the boy died from a head injury last September. Lindvall denied battering her son and said he was injured while struggling during a diaper change.