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Forum News Service, Published March 04 2014

Woman pleads guilty to child endangerment in gun incident

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. - A woman who pulled a revolver from under a sofa and attempted suicide while being interviewed by law officers pleaded guilty to child endangerment for the incident.

Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, of Hendricks and formerly of Clarkfield, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the gross misdemeanor offense in Yellow Medicine County District Court.

District Judge Dwayne Knutsen deferred acceptance of the plea and ordered a presentence investigation. Anderson-Person could face a year in jail.

“I tried to commit suicide. I tried to shoot myself in the head,’’ Anderson-Person said in testimony offered with the plea.

Her then-9-month-old daughter was in her lap when she pulled the .38-caliber revolver from under the sofa cushion Aug. 13 at her Clarkfield home. Two officers from South Dakota were interviewing her about the remains of two infants that had been found in November 2012 in Deuel County, S.D. She told the officers she had given birth to two infants in 2009 and 2011 and disposed of the bodies.

Anderson-Person testified Tuesday that the officers tackled her “immediately’’ and that the gun discharged into the ceiling.

The investigation into the infant deaths continues.