Police: cellphone games distracted man whose daughter died in hot car

Published on Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:29 - Written by

BY KENNETH DEAN

kdean@tylerpaper.com

A Flint man arrested for the death of his 4-year-old daughter who died trapped in a hot car last month neglected his children by playing video games on his cell phones, Smith County Sheriff Officials stated in documents. 

Russell Gene Lindstrom, 33, was arrested Wednesday on a second-degree manslaughter charge for the June 11 death of his daughter Bella Rose Lindstrom and the charge of injury to a child for neglecting his other child found in the hot vehicle on the property on County Road 1100. 

Smith County Sheriff Detective Jennifer Stockwell filed the arrest affidavit with Judge Christi Kennedy's District Court and Judge Kennedy set bonds in the case at $150,000.

Det. Stockwell stated in the affidavit that Lindstrom "recklessly neglected his daughters while he played games on his cell phone, at which time, the children were able to enter the vehicle and become locked inside."

Lindstrom remains jailed this afternoon.