Monday News Update 04-16
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MOTHER OF FERGUS FALLS BOY CLAIMS SHE SPOKE WITH CPS BEFORE HIS DEATH
The biological mother of a child who died after severe abuse in Fergus Falls said she called social services before the boy's death.
Misty Dawn Truitt is the mother of six-year-old Justis Burland. Truitt said she called social services on the couple charged with Burland's death because she was concerned about the safety of Justis and his brother after a court appearance. 40-year-old Bobbie Bishop and 44-year-old Walter Wynhoff are in jail in connection to Burland's death. The two were caring for Burland, but did not have custody. Truitt said she called the couple saying she would pick up Burland and his twin brother, but said the couple dissauded her from picking up the kids. Investigators said Burland was severely beaten, duct taped to a wall, and likely hit with a stick. He was once hit so hard a tooth fell out and he was slurring his speech. A vigil in Fergus Falls is scheduled for tonight at 7:00 to honor Burland's life. It will be at the Hilltop Celebration Church.
WARMER WEATHER BRINGS FLOODING CONCERNS
As the weather warms up, the river water is getting higher.
The Red River in Fargo is expected to rise to 18 1/2 feet by this afternoon. That's considered "minor flood risk." City engineers said the only risk in the metro will be around Elm Street up by El Zagal Golf Course. They expect the street to close in the next few days. While there is a flood warning in effect, engineers said they don't start planning emergency efforts until waters hit 30 feet. A dry spring this year means more time to work on future flood plans.