- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot woman accused of killing her 3-month-old daughter has been released from jail after a mental health evaluation determined she is not a threat to society, though she will continue to be monitored.

The examination at the State Hospital in Jamestown was done after an earlier evaluation concluded 46-year-old Pauline Stewart lacked the mental capacity to be held criminally responsible for Jasmine Stewart’s death. Authorities say Stewart admitted placing her hands around her baby’s neck and strangling her until she died in mid-March.

Ward County Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Dillon said Wednesday the state had no reason to dispute findings made at the State Hospital that Stewart can be safely released into her home community and monitored and treated in Minot.

Stewart initially had faced a murder charge. North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar ordered Wednesday that she now be under the supervision of the state Department of Human Services for 10 years.

Stewart will have to undergo drug and alcohol testing, comply with recommendations for counseling and medications, and undergo an annual review. She also won’t be allowed to leave the state without getting permission from the Department of Human Services.

According to court records, Stewart was arrested following a traffic stop in McLean County. She was pulled over for speeding, court records say, and questions arose about the welfare of her baby.

Minot police went to the apartment where Stewart lived with her husband and found the girl’s body.

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