Child Neglect leads to Tragic Murders in Red Lake: Woman Charged with Arson and Murder

RED LAKE, Minnesota – A tragic incident unfolded in Red Lake Nation back in March, resulting in the death of two children and subsequent charges of murder, arson, and child neglect against a Red Lake woman. Jennifer Marie Stately, 35, allegedly attacked and killed the children by slashing them with a sharp object before setting fire to the house they were in. One child was fatally stabbed in the chest, while the other succumbed to smoke inhalation from the fire.

Following the heinous act, Stately fled the scene with a third child. An AMBER Alert was issued for the missing child, leading to a motorist spotting Stately’s vehicle and alerting law enforcement. When the vehicle was located on U.S. Highway 71 in Todd County, Stately was found with the 3-year-old boy in the car, who was covered in scabs and sores. The child displayed signs of neglect, torture, and abuse, prompting Stately’s arrest.

An indictment against Stately includes charges of premeditated murder, murder during child abuse, murder during arson, arson, and felony child neglect. Appearing in U.S. District Court on May 6, she was ordered to remain in custody pending further legal proceedings, highlighting the seriousness of the allegations she faces. This multidimensional case involved various law enforcement agencies collaborating to bring justice to the victims and accountability to the accused.

The incident underscored the importance of AMBER Alerts in swiftly disseminating crucial information to the public, leading to the successful recovery of endangered children. Drew Evans, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent, expressed gratitude towards the Minnesotans who acted promptly and courageously in aiding the search for the missing child. The collaborative effort of law enforcement agencies and the public played a vital role in addressing the harrowing events that unfolded in Red Lake.

Investigations into this tragic case were conducted by a coalition of authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and local law enforcement agencies. Such coordinated efforts highlight the commitment of law enforcement to ensuring justice is served in cases of extreme violence and neglect involving children. The community’s vigilance and willingness to assist in such troubling situations further showcase the importance of unified efforts in upholding the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals.