Kenmare woman charged with murder

The mother of a 13-year-old boy who died Jan. 12 has been charged with murder.

Jessica Lee Jensen, 35, is being held in the Ward County Jail awaiting her initial appearance for the Class AA felony charge.

According to a release from the Ward County Sheriff’s Department issued Friday, Jensen called the Kenmare police herself Jan. 12 and told them that her son was dead. Upon arrival of police, investigators from the county sheriff’s department were requested to look into the case. The boy was transported to the Kenmare hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Capt. Bob Barnard of the sheriff’s department said it took so long to make an arrest because of delays for medical tests at the State Medical Examiner’s office due to the circumstances of the death and age of the deceased.

No further information was immediately available Friday afternoon.

Flint McColgan