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Mother charged with murder in infant's death in St. Cloud

Fardoussa Abdillahi Photo: Stearns County Jail. Fardoussa Abdillahi

Ashley Halbach
Updated: November 30, 2021 01:38 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 12:46 PM

A St. Cloud mother has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her infant child. 

Court filings state that the morning of Nov. 28, St. Cloud officers arrived at an apartment building following a 911 call from a man who said that a baby was missing and the mother, 26-year-old Fardoussa Abdillahi, said they had thrown their baby in a dumpster.  

Officers couldn't find a child in the home. They spoke with Abdillahi, who said that the child was in the dumpster behind the building. The complaint states that she admitted to having stabbed the child and then putting the infant in a plastic bag, then in the dumpster. 

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office identified sharp force injuries to the child's neck and ruled the manner of death as a homicide.

A few witnesses at the scene had received a call from Abdillahi's mother, who lives out of state, concerned about her daughter and infant child and had shown up to check on them.

In a Miranda statement, Abdillahi said she'd been having headaches and feelings of worry and fear since giving birth to the child in August. She said she was also upset that the child's father said the child was not his, and she was wondering how she would get help.

Abdillahi made her first court appearance Tuesday, during which the judge set bail at $2 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions. 

Her next court appearance is scheduled for December.


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