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James Francis Howard

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.

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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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