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Hastings woman who fled with son pleads guilty, to serve 120 days in prison

Wendi Bartell-Dimm, the Hastings mother who fled with her son Timber in June to avoid giving her estranged husband custody of the boy for the summer, pled guilty on Wednesday to a felony count of depriving another of parental rights.

She was sentenced to serve 120 days in jail. She has served 98 days already and gets credit for those, meaning she will be released in about 20 days.

Bartell-Dimm and her late husband Danny were wed in Canada. Their relationship fell apart, and Bartell-Dimm eventually moved back to Hastings with Timber. She refused to give Danny custody in 2010, fleeing to west central Minnesota with Timber, eventually getting tracked down by a county sheriff's deputy near Alexandria.

In 2011, as she was to give custody of Timber to Danny for four months, she fled again, prompting a search. She was charged by Dakota County in late June and was eventually found in August at a shelter in rural South Dakota.

Tragically, Danny Dimm passed away in a logging accident in Canada.

Timber is in the care of his aunt.

Who will retain custody of Timber is still in question.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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