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Published April 27, 2011, 03:00 PM

Dalton, MN, Man Accused of Attacking Mom With Machete

Bail is set at $1 million for a western Minnesota man accused of attacking his 68-year-old mother with a machete.

By: Associated Press,

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Bail is set at $1 million for a western Minnesota man accused of attacking his 68-year-old mother with a machete.

KBRF-AM reports 46-year-old James Howard of Dalton made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Howard is charged with attempted murder and assault. KFGO-AM reports Howard told paramedics he intended to kill his mother, Barbara Howard, to end her suffering from cancer and diabetes.

Court documents say James Howard also told them he used a machete to injure his mother. He was hospitalized in Fergus Falls with what deputies say was a self-inflicted neck wound, but is now in jail.

According to the complaint, Barbara Howard is on life support at a Fargo, N.D., hospital with a severe skull fracture. At the family's request, Sanford Medical Center is not releasing her condition.

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