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Mother, son charged with altering death scene in Hampton

A Hampton Township man and his mother have both been charged with interfering with a death scene after they allegedly moved several empty methadone bottles last December.

The methadone that was in those bottles is believed to have contributed to the death of a man found in the home of 19-year-old Joshua Alan Brandt. The Dakota County medical examiner determined the man died of mixed drug toxicity involving methadone and clonazepam.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Karen Alice Bongard, 52, of Randolph, went to visit Brandt at his home Dec. 7 and discovered the dead man.

Brandt told police he bagged the bottles after discovering the dead man and gave them to his mother, who stashed them under the stairs in the house.

Both Brandt and Bongard said they moved the bottles, for which Brandt has a prescription, because they were concerned about how the presence of the bottles with Brandt's name on them would look to police when they investigated the death.

If convicted on a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a death scene Brand and Bongard could each face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $3,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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