Disturbing details are being revealed about a 34-year-old Minnesota woman who admits she gave birth to two babies in 2009 and 2011 and then dumped the remains in a tree grove in Deuel County.
Newly-filed court documents identify Kelly Jean Anderson of Clarkfield, Minnesota, as the mother of the infants. Anderson tried to kill herself last week when investigators showed up at her house with a search warrant and started questioning her about the remains that were found in November.
A search warrant filed in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, Monday details how several tips, an interview with Anderson's ex-husband and a paternity test led them to the 34-year-old woman.
Anderson initially denied she was the mother during a December 2012 interview with investigators, but when confronted again last week, she admitted to being the mother before she pulled a gun and tried to kill herself.
The bodies of the babies were found in a shelter belt on November 2, 2012, near Fish Lake northeast of Astoria, South Dakota. The remains were wrapped in towels and a T-shirt and placed in a cooler.
Court documents say analysis revealed that one of the babies was a boy and the other one was a girl. The farmland where the bones and tissue were discovered is owned by Anderson’s aunt.
An affidavit filed as part of a search warrant says tips started rolling in about the remains after the Deuel County Sheriff made a plea for the public’s help back in December. Within four days, authorities received nine leads; six of them pointed to Anderson. All of the callers reported they had seen Anderson pregnant in 2009 and 2011 and that she 'looked pregnant one day and flat the next.'
Anderson denied she was ever pregnant when interviewed by investigators just days later on December 21. She said there was a 'zero' percent chance DNA tests would point to her, however she wouldn't 'voluntarily' give up a DNA sample. Anderson also said the only children she had were a newborn she recently had with her husband and a six-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
Agents obtained the paternity test from Anderson's previous marriage and compared it to the analysis of the remains found in Deuel County and it pointed to Anderson.
Documents filed as part of a mental illness civil commitment proceeding in Minnesota go on to indicate that when authorities showed up to talk with Anderson a second time last Tuesday with a search warrant, she admitted the babies were hers and then pulled out a gun from between the couch cushions and held it to her head. Anderson was holding her nine-month-old child in the other hand when agents tried to wrestle the gun from her and it fired one round into the ceiling.
After being apprehended on a psychiatric hold following that incident, Anderson told a doctor she had felt ‘numb’ for the past several years and kept a gun in the couch to kill herself 'knowing this day would come' when investigators would be knocking at her door.
Anderson is currently being held at the Rice Memorial Hospital, Rice Institute Inpatient Unit, in Willmar, Minnesota.
As far a criminal case is concerned, attorneys and investigators in Minnesota and South Dakota are still analyzing the evidence collected last week as they make decisions on any potential charges.