Family: Grand Forks woman beaten by lawyer has passed away
Police say 31-year-old Carissa Odegaard was beaten by her ex-husband who is a lawyer in North Dakota.
WARREN, Minn. — A Grand Forks mother of five who police say was beaten by her ex-husband has passed away.
The grandfather of 31-year-old Carissa Odegaard wrote in a public post on social media; "we have had a horrible tragedy strike our family. Our oldest granddaughter was pronounced brain-dead tonight. She has five children ages nine to three. We were present when the children were told that their mama was dead by a professional at the hospital. That was traumatic for all. We need your prayers and strength from God's hand."
The Marshall County Sheriff says Odegaard's ex-husband, Anders Odegaard, beat his ex-wife inside his Warren home Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23. The sheriff says the kids witnessed the attack.
Anders Odegaard, who has been practicing law in North Dakota since 2017, is behind bars. Formal charges are pending, and could be filed as early as Thursday.
A motive for the attack has not been released. It's also unclear why Carissa Odegaard was at her ex-husband's home. Court records show a divorce was finalized last year.
Records also show the former couple had a divorce review hearing scheduled for next week.
Neighbors described Anders Odegaard as odd, saying he rarely stepped outside his home, and when he did he concealed his identity.
They also said he would sit in his beat up car parked along the curb for hours.