Fargo woman charged after leaving kids with dead body


January 16, 2020

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A Fargo woman is being charged with child neglect after leaving her children alone inside a home with a dead body.

Amber Barrett is facing charges not only for child neglect but also for failing to report the death, according to documents filed Wednesday at Cass County District Court.

Fargo police officers responded to a home at 3325 18th St S for a reports of an unresponsive man on November 16, 2019.

Police said six kids inside the home told officers the man was their mother's friend. The kids believed he overdosed.

Detectives spoke with Barret who said the victim was sweating and slurring his words when they met at a supermarket, which led her to believe he was possibly overdosing, according to court documents.

Barrett allegedly let him sleep on her floor. A few hours later, she saw him and was positive he was dead, yet left the house to go to work, leaving her six kids alone with the body.

Barrett hasn't been arrested for the charges, according to the Cass County Jail.


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