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Published November 10, 2009, 09:15 AM

Homeless Woman Charged with Child Abuse

A homeless woman has been charged with felony child abuse and neglect after Bismarck authorities say her teenage son could not find her or the van they were living in for about seven hours.

A homeless woman has been charged with felony child abuse and neglect after Bismarck authorities say her teenage son could not find her or the van they were living in for about seven hours.

Fifty-three-year-old Nancy Swanson is accused of providing an unfit or unsanitary residence and failing to provide adequate supervision or adequate education for her 15-year-old son. She faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say the mother and son have been in the community for only a few days and have no local ties. The boy was placed in the custody of Burleigh County Social Services.

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