Mom charged with helping make pipe bombs

GREAT FALLS, MT. (AP) -- A 43-year-old woman has been charged with a felony after prosecutors said she helped her son make pipe bombs in her home.

Rae Lynn Funston was charged Tuesday in District Court with felony possession of explosives. She is jailed on $25,000 bail. Police said she told them she purchased the PVC pipe and helped her son make the explosives.

Court records said a juvenile probation officer was conducting a routine search of the Funston residence, which is a condition of her 16-year-old son's probation, when he found the pipe bombs in the boy's room.

Deputy Cascade County Attorney Matt Robertson says investigators still haven't determined the bombs' potency or their intended use.

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The Associated Press and CBS News contributed to this report.