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Mother charged with murder after starving her 13-year-old son to death

By Mason White 3:02 PM March 26, 2014
Jessica Jensen 

By: Aarav Sen
A woman was arrested and charged with murder after her young son died of starvation, police in North Dakota said.

Jessica Jensen was charged with murder after the Medical Examiner ruled that her 13-year-old son died of chronic hunger due to an untreated illness called youthful appetite disorder.

The Medical Examiner listed his death as a homicide. Police said that Jensen of Kenmare, told investigators that her son had a problem and with his growth and they have not seen a doctor for several years.

Doctors said that the boy weighed only twenty one pounds when he died.

Jensen was also accused of negligence, for failing to properly care for her two other children. Her two other children, 7 and 14 years old, were placed with family members.

Jensen could face life in prison without parole if convicted. She was booked into the Ward County Jail in Minot. Her bail was set at $250,000.