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James Francis Howard

Son accused in near-fatal attack on his 68-year-old mother

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DALTON, Minn. - A 46-year-old Otter Tail County man is accused of assaulting his mother, inflicting a head injury that's potentially life threatening.

Otter Tail County Chief Deputy Stacy Paulseth said James Francis Howard will likely be charged with first-degree assault and possibly attempted murder.

Howard is accused of an assault that Paulseth said left his mother, 68-year-old Barbara Howard, with life-threatening head injuries.

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