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A North Dakota lawyer allegedly beat his ex-wife to death in Minnesota on Tuesday as she clung to the youngest of their five children as two others screamed for help, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.
The younger boy, 2, was so traumatized he did not respond to questions from deputies after they had his father in custody and rushed his mother to the hospital.
Anders Odegaard, 31, and Carissa Odegaard, also 31, divorced last year, court records show.
In a custody dispute this week, he apparently refused to let her take their kids to church and a fight broke out, deputies wrote in the criminal complaint after interviewing the children.
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Two of their boys ran outside, flagged a stranger and begged him to call 911 “because their mom was bleeding really bad and needed help,” according to the complaint.
The first responding deputy found Anders Odegaard in the kitchen wearing just his underwear, with blood on his face and in his hair. Carissa Odegaard was unresponsive, lying in a doorway — with a pool of blood around her head.
The deputy asked him to explain the situation.
“I don’t feel right,” Odegaard replied, according to the complaint.
The deputy found that Carissa Odegaard was not breathing. He cuffed the ex-husband and attempted CPR on the victim. He noticed “severe head trauma” and called for an ambulance.
The 9-year-old boy told investigators he saw