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Mother dies in Fargo hospital after alleged attack by son; prosecutors to decide on new charges

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FARGO - The 68-year-old mother of a man accused of fracturing her skull with an 18-inch machete has died.

Barbara Howard of Dalton, Minn., died about 5 a.m. Sunday - Mother's Day - at Fargo's Sanford Medical Center, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.


Her body has been transferred to the Fergus Falls (Minn.) Lake Region Hospital morgue at the request of the Sheriff's Office.

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