North Dakota mother accused of starving her child to death



   MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A judge says a Kenmare, North Dakota woman will stand trial for murder after her 13-year-old son died weighing just 21 pounds.
 
     Jessica Jensen's attorney argued at a preliminary hearing Thursday in Minot that the teenager died of an untreated disease, not deliberate starvation.
 
     Judge Gary Lee said that argument was a matter of semantics and that the state had more than met the burden of proof to try the 35-year-old mother.
 
     Detective Laura Forbes testified Thursday that Jensen's mother believed Jensen did not want her son. Forbes said Jensen told him she had previously locked her son in a room in her home. Forbes said the room had boarded up windows, was filled with trash and smelled like urine and feces.
 
     A pre-trial conference is set for September. 

     
 AP-WF-05-01-14 1908GMT

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People : Gary LeeJessica JensenLaura Forbes
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