Bond set at $250,000 for mother of 4-month-old baby found dead in Stutsman County

STUTSMAN COUNTY, N.D. - UPDATE: A judge set bond at a quarter of a million dollars cash or a $500,000 surety bond for the woman whose baby was found dead in rural Stutsman County Saturday.

Twenty-five-year-old Justice Lange is charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

Prosecutors say she recklessly caused the death of her 4-month-old son and failed to provide proper parental care.

Lange is also required to be a part of the 24-7 drug patch program. She's not allowed to leave the state. She can't have drugs or alcohol if she bonds out and she has to have regular contact with an attorney.

Tears filled the courtroom during Justice Lange's initial appearance.

"I think the charges that the state's attorney went with are fit, so far," said Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County Sheriff.

When I asked the State's Attorney Fritz Fremgen if they were going to stick with the manslaughter and child neglect charges or add to the list, he said, "you never know."

Kaiser says they haven't seen a charge like this in years.

"No, we don't typically see this obviously at all. And this type dealing with a child, it's a tough situation. Tough on everybody, the community," said Kaiser.

Saturday, the two-day search for the four month old came to a close when law enforcement found his body. Lange said she couldn't remember the last time she had seen the baby.

In court, Fremgen said Lange's father told them she would run if bonded out, to which she responded, "My dad doesn't know anything because he hasn't been in my life. It was irrelevant for anybody to even get a hold of him."

Kaiser tells us they haven't received the autopsy report yet.

Lange's preliminary hearing will be set once she has a court appointed attorney.


ORIGINAL STORY:The mother of the 4-month-old baby found dead in Stutsman County over the weekend is in court Thursday.

Twenty-five-year-old Justice Lange is charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

Bond was set at $250,000 in cash for Justice Lange.

We'll have more for you coming up tonight at 5 and 6.