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St. Cloud woman accused of killing her infant child and throwing him in a dumpster found incompetent

A Stearns County court case is on hold against a St. Cloud mother indicted for murder in the killing of her baby in November. The woman was found incompetent and has been committed to inpatient treatment.

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ST. CLOUD — The criminal case against a St. Cloud woman accused of killing her child and throwing the body in a dumpster is on hold after she was found incompetent to proceed.

Fardoussa Omar Abdillahi, 27, is charged in Stearns County District Court with first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree murder — not premeditated but with intent. According to court documents, she told multiple witnesses and law enforcement on Nov. 28, 2021, that she stabbed her 3-month-old child to death.

Booking photo of Fardoussa Omar Abdillahi
Fardoussa Omar Abdillahi
Custody photo

She was originally charged in November, and a grand jury indicted her in December while a competency evaluation was still pending.

According to court records, an amended release order was filed Feb. 14 noting her commitment to in-patient treatment. The civil commitment order was filed Feb. 4.

The Stearns County Attorney's Office has filed notice of intent to prosecute the case once she regains competency.


According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Abdillahi's apartment building on Nov. 28, 2021, after a 911 caller reported that a baby was missing and the mother was stating she had thrown the baby in a dumpster.

Abdillahi, who lived alone with her son, had allegedly told multiple people, including her mother, that she had killed her child.

Fardoussa Omar Abdillahi, 26, of St. Cloud, is accused of stabbing her 3-month-old son to death and throwing his body in a dumpster.

Witnesses told police they looked for the child, and called police when they could not find him.

Abdillahi allegedly told law enforcement officers that she stabbed her son and put him in a black plastic garbage bag. Officers found the child in a dumpster behind the apartment building.

A preliminary summary from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office identified sharp force injuries to the child's neck and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators from the St. Cloud Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension Crime Scene Team found multiple knives and bedding in the dumpster, according to the criminal complaint.

Susan Lunneborg is the news editor of the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Lunneborg can be reached at: slunneborg@wctib.com or 320-214-4343.
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