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Mother charged with child neglect after toddler's Feb. death

A Grand Forks mother is being charged with child neglect for keeping the dead body of her 2-year-old daughter around two other children for at least two weeks before reporting the child's death.

A Grand Forks mother is being charged with child neglect for keeping the dead body of her 2-year-old daughter around two other children for at least two weeks before reporting the child's death.

Jody Weaver, whose 2-year-old daughter Destiny died as many as two weeks before her death was reported will also be charged with willful disturbance of a dead body and failure to report a dead body, according to Grand Forks Assistant State's Attorney Jason McCarthy.

Weaver's boyfriend, Clarence Smith, faces the same misdemeanor charges.

In addition, Weaver faces two Class C felony charges of child neglect for exposing Destiny's twin brother and a three-year-old sister to the dead body.

Destiny Weaver was reported dead Feb. 12, when Weaver and Smith traveled from Grand Forks to St. Hilaire, Minn., in two separate vehicles and with the other children in tow.

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The toddler's body had been placed in a plastic tote in the trunk of one of the vehicles, police said.

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