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Emily Welker, Published October 21 2013

Jailed mom to be released Wednesday if she allows parents to have a supervised visit with daughter

FARGO – Katina Tengesdal could be released from jail Wednesday if she agrees to let her parents have a supervised visit with her 7-year-old daughter.

Monday was Tengesdal’s 11th day in jail after she was held in contempt of court for refusing to follow Cass County District Court Judge Douglas Herman’s order that she allow her parents unsupervised visits with her daughter.

Tengesdal’s boyfriend, Jason Miller, of Fargo, said Monday he and Tengesdal, 33, had retained Fargo attorney Nick Thornton to handle their case, thanks in part to an online effort to collect donations to help pay for legal fees.

Miller said Thornton, who agreed to take on the case without retainer fees, expected that Tengesdal will be released from jail Wednesday if she agrees to let her daughter have supervised visits with her parents.

In an order filed Monday, Herman changed tack and called for supervised visitation with Tengesdal’s parents every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Tengesdal doesn’t feel her daughter would be safe if she allowed unsupervised visitation.

How to help: Katina Tengesdal Benefit Fund

c/o Fremstad Law Firm

P.O. Box 3143

Fargo, ND 58108

Online: www.facebook.com/supportkatina

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541