Mentally ill woman who stabbed mother to remain under supervision

A district court judge has ordered that a mentally ill woman who stabbed her mother on Nov. 30, 2016, be allowed to live in the community under the supervision of North Central Human Services.

Angela Kay Lee, 42, has pleaded not guilty by reason of lack of criminal responsibility to the Class C felony aggravated assault charge. She has been evaluated by the state hospital and found to be mentally ill. Under state law, people who are found not guilty due to mental illness can be committed or released into the community under the supervision of the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

“I’m very, very sorry for what I did to my family and I just want to have a chance to make it right,” Angela Lee told Judge Gary Lee, who is no relation to her, during a dispositional hearing on Tuesday in court in Minot.

At the hearing, Lee’s mother and two mental health experts all testified that Angela Lee’s condition has improved greatly but that she will need to continue taking her medication.

Experts testified that Angela Lee should continue to do well if she continues to take her medication but could be at risk of harming herself or others if she stops taking her medication and suffers a reoccurence of her condition.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Angela Lee’s mother called police on Nov. 30 , 2016 to report that her daughter was strangling the family cat. Angela Lee’ stabbed her mother with a knife during a domestic altercation on Nov. 30, 2016. One of Angela Lee’s daughters was also present during the incident.

Angela Lee will remain in the community under supervision, Judge Gary Lee ordered. The situation will be reviewed by the court annually and can be reviewed earlier if she requests it.

– Andrea Johnson