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Forum News Service, Published November 26 2013

Grand jury indicts Starbuck woman in boy’s death

GLENWOOD, Minn. – A Pope County grand jury has indicted a Starbuck woman on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a 4-year-old boy.

The grand jury issued indictments Nov. 14 against Amanda Lea Pelti-er, 32, on charges of first-degree murder while com-mitting child abuse and second-degree murder while committing mali-cious punishment of a child.

Those charges are in ad-dition to a charge of sec-ond-degree unintentional murder filed July 25.

The first-degree charge carries a possible maxi-mum sentence of life in prison.

Peltier is accused of kill-ing Eric Parker Dean, the son of Sommar Kemp of Glenwood and David Dean of Starbuck. Dean was Peltier’s live-in fiancé at the time of the boy’s death, according to published reports.

The criminal complaint alleges that Peltier told investigators she was upset with the boy and “launched” him across a room in her house Feb. 26 in Starbuck. He died at St. Cloud Hospital the next morning.

A medical examiner’s report found that he had suffered multiple injuries to his scalp, mouth, face and lower extremities. The boy’s bowel had been per-forated from blunt force abdominal trauma, which was ruled the cause of his death.

Bail remains at $25,000 with conditions and $100,000 without condi-tions.