UPDATE: Family says mother of 5 allegedly beaten by ex-husband has died
WARREN, M.N. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The young woman and mother at the center of an assault case that landed her attorney ex-husband in jail has now passed away from her injuries, according to her grandfather.
31-year-old Anders Odegaard is booked into the Marshall County Jail for assaulting his ex-wife. Formal charges are pending. Officials tell Valley News Live they were called to Odegaard’s home in Warren, Minn. on Tuesday night shortly after the alleged brutal beating. Officials say the couple’s five kids were witnesses to the assault, but were unharmed.
31-year-old Carissa Odegaard was then flown to a Fargo hospital where her family says she was pronounced Wednesday night that she was brain dead.
“We have had a horrible tragedy strike our family. Our oldest granddaughter was pronounced brain-dead tonight. She has five children ages nine to three. We were present when the children were told that their mama was dead by a professional at the hospital. That was traumatic for all. We need your prayers and strength from God’s hand,” Carissa’s grandfather wrote on Facebook.
“She was the world’s sweetest person and an amazing Mom. She didn’t deserve for this to happen to her,” one of many of Carissa’s friends told Valley News Live in a statement.
Court records show the couple has been separated since early July 2020, and their divorce became final in Oct. 2021 after nearly 10 years of marriage.
The court granted the couple join custody of their five children who are all under the age of 9, but a judge gave Carissa sole physical custody.
Several debts are outlined in the couple’s court filings, most of which are Anders’, and all were ordered to be paid back in full by Anders which includes more than $125,000 in student and personal loans, $72,000 in credit card debt, as well as more than $11,000 of unpaid child support.
The motive in the case is still unknown.
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