Trial Regarding Infant Death in 1981 Postponed to April

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Trial for a woman from South Dakota who has been accused of murdering her infant child in 1981 has been postponed.

The selection of people to serve on a jury during Theresa Bentaas’ trial was supposed to begin on Tuesday, according to the schedule. However, the trial has been postponed and is scheduled to take place in April. According to the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office, the trial has been rescheduled due to unavailability of witnesses. Allegedly, all parties are looking into ways to find a time that suits all of them.

Bentaas was taken into custody in March, following the appearance of new evidence. Apparently, investigators determined she was in fact the mother of a newborn who was found abandoned in 1981, using advances in the area of DNA evidence and genealogy sites. The body was discovered in a cornfield ditch in the city of Sioux Falls. The cause of the baby’s death was exposure.

Bentaas is accused of murder in the first and second degree, as well as first-degree manslaughter.

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