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Minnesota man charged with killing pregnant woman and her son

The woman was 13 weeks pregnant, according to a medical examiner's report.
Sheldon Thompson

A northern Minnesota man who prompted a manhunt last weekend is in custody and facing three counts of second-degree murder in the slaying of a pregnant woman and her toddler son. 

Sheldon J. Thompson, 33, of rural Cloquet, called police to turn himself in days after the killings, but not before police alerted the public to Thompson remaining at large and believed to be armed and dangerous. 

Thompson was arrested Sunday night after air patrol spotted him in a wooded area west of Cloquet. A criminal complaint states that Thompson is believed to have killed the pregnant woman and her son "on or about March 5." 

On March 7, officers obtained a search warrant out of concern for the woman and her child's safety after receiving a 911 call from a person who reported Thompson was acting unusual and had made a statement indicating that he killed the woman. 

Inside the residence located on the 1600 block of Locke Lane, just blocks from the Fond du Lac Police Department, officers discovered their bodies. 

The victims have been identified as 27-year-old Jackie A. DeFoe, who was 13 weeks pregnant, and her 20-month-old son, Kevin. 

DaFoe was found dead inside a closet, having sustained several deep lacerations, including one to her throat, the complaint says. Her son was found deceased in a separate bedroom, dead from blunt force trauma, according to the medical examiner's report. 

A number of witnesses told investigators that Thompson admitted to killing the woman and child, although a motive is not identified in the charging document. 

Law enforcement knew Thompson to have been in a relationship with the woman. 

Thompson's bail has been set at $1 million. 

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