Minnesota mother accused of torturing her children appears in court – Bemidji Pioneer

BRAINERD, Minn. — For the first time since posting bail, a 32-year-old woman from Crosslake, Minnesota on multiple charges of child torture and stalking appeared in Crow Wing County District Court on Thursday, December 1.

Jorden Nicole Borders’ criminal case was assigned to Judge Patricia Aanes, who presided over Thursday’s hearing. Borders appeared before Aanes via Zoom.

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Jordan Nicole Borders.


Borders was charged Nov. 21 with three counts of counts of child torture and three counts of stalking after the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office opened a child abuse investigation in May. The investigation revealed that Borders allegedly tortured her three young children through actions such as drawing blood, forced them to wear casts and neck braces even though they had no injuries, and frequently physically abused them as punishment.

Crow Wing County Assistant Attorney Janine LePage asked Aanes to wait for a domestic violence order — no contact as the children were not in Borders’ care and Borders planned to end their parental rights on Friday, December 2 to agree at 10 a.m. Listen. Aanes accepted the request.

Borders, along with public defender Mark Hansen, requested time to go through the paperwork and evidence. Hansen and LePage agreed to a hearing date for February 23, 2023.

According to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office, one of the children was placed in protective custody in May. The other two children were taken from the home in early July. Borders was not allowed to have unsupervised contact with the children. With the criminal complaint filed against Borders, one of her terms of release prohibited her from contact with anyone under the age of 18.

When asked when the first report of possible child abuse against Borders was made, Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan declined details.

“I understand there’s a lot of public concern, and rightly so,” Ryan said. “However, we will try these cases in the courtroom where they belong and we will not get into a large public discussion.”

The torture allegations carry a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison, a $35,000 fine, or both. The penalty for the stalking charges is a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Stalking, as defined by Minnesota law, is when the perpetrator knows—or has reason to know—that it would cause a victim to feel terrorized or fear physical harm, and if his or her actions provoke those feelings.

The child abuse investigation began after Children’s Minnesota Hospital in the Twin Cities treated one of Borders’ children for lowering hemoglobin levels in mid-March, according to the criminal complaint. The hospital monitored the child and found that the only explanation for the condition appeared to be that someone was removing blood from his body.

An interview with the children, conducted by authorities on November 21, revealed that their mother frequently drew blood from the child using stolen syringes, and they were told not to tell anyone.

Borders received financial assistance from the state of Minnesota to care for this child and was nominated to receive multiple gifts and funds from charitable foundations in the area, the complaint said, totaling more than $35,000. Ryan said Thursday his office is reviewing the facts of the case related to the financial support Borders received for possible additional criminal charges.

During the investigation, authorities learned that Borders allegedly also self-diagnosed her two other children as suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. One child wore a Borders cast for 796 days, which is approximately two years and two months.

Aanes was assigned the case after Judge Mark S. Wernick set Borders’ bail at $200,000 with no conditions and $125,000 with conditions in a hearing Monday. Borders issued a contingent bond on Tuesday.

Conditions for release from prison include that Borders remain law-abiding, make all future court appearances, maintain contact with her attorney, keep the court informed of her current address, not own or use firearms or dangerous weapons, and the state not leave without the written permission of the court and not have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Wernick, who retired from the Fourth Circuit in 2014, was installed as a senior judge statewide until 2023. The judge and other senior judges have served on some Crow Wing County court cases as the justice system continues to work off the backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan said.

Mug shot by Christopher Martin Badowicz.

Christoph Martin Badowicz

Contributed / Crow Wing County Jail

Borders’ husband Christopher Martin Badowicz, 37, of Crosslake, faces a crime that helped a perpetrator avoid arrest after he allegedly helped Borders on November 23.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Badowicz, on the evening of November 23, police officers attempted to locate Borders, who resides in Crosslake with Badowicz. After dark, an officer walked through the woods behind the residence and observed Borders and Badowicz seated together in the living room.

After Borders was identified, officers responded to the home. Responding officers noted that security cameras were pointing up the driveway as they walked toward the house.

The officer behind the house saw both people standing inside before officers reached the house. They saw Borders run into a bedroom as Badowicz exited the home and met officers in the driveway.

After Badowicz was arrested outside the home, officers told him they had a warrant out for Borders’ arrest, the complaint said. Badowicz told officers Borders was not there. He also told officers the police have been to the home multiple times, confirming he knew law enforcement was looking for Borders.

The officer behind the house approached the window of the room Borders ran into and told her she had been seen and to come out. Borders came to the front door, where she was met by Crow Wing County deputies and taken into custody.

Badowicz was charged with helping a perpetrator avoid arrest. The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both. He will appear in court again on December 6th.

Badowicz is the father of two of the three children involved in this case. A decade earlier, Badowicz was involved in a separate case of a child in need of protection or services. In that case, custody of a child in Badowicz’s care was transferred to another person in June 2012. The youth was not among the children removed from the custody of Borders and Badowicz in the 2012 case, according to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office.

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