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ND woman held on $250,000 bond for baby’s death

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A Carrington woman is being held on $250,000 cash bond or $500,000 surety bond in cases related to the death of her child.

Justice Lange is charged with manslaughter, a Class B felony, and child neglect, a Class C felony.

Lange is accused of recklessly causing the death of her 4-month-old son, as well as failing to provide proper parental care, control and subsistence as required by law.

Law enforcement agencies began a search July 6 after it was reported Lange could not remember the last four days or what had happened to her child. The search resulted in the discovery of the child’s body in weeds near a slough near Woodworth, N.D., on July 7.

Lange’s bond was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 surety with requirements that she participate in the 24/7 program and not leave the state of North Dakota if released.

Stutsman County State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen said Lange had outstanding warrants for shoplifting in Jamestown and a Bismarck warrant on several charges including felonies. He also said he had been contacted by Lange’s father who warned that she would flee the area if she were released.

Lange responded that her father wasn’t part of her life and contacting him was irrelevant.

Lange said she had applied for a court appointed attorney although none was assigned at the time of the initial appearance.

She remains in custody in the Stutsman County Correctional Center. Her next court date, a preliminary hearing, will not be scheduled until an attorney has been appointed.