Flint man charged in toddler death case

Published on Wednesday, 9 July 2014 22:59 - Written by Staff Reports

A Flint man was charged Wednesday in a case in which one toddler died and another survived being in a hot car.

Russel Lindstrom, 33, was charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of injury to a child. Bonds on the two charges were set at $150,000 and $50,000, respectively.

Two toddlers were found on June 11 in a pickup with the windows rolled up in the 1800 block of County Road 1100 near Flint. Sheriff’s officials received a 911 call from a person reporting two unresponsive toddlers inside the vehicle.

EMS arrived and found two girls, ages 3 and 4. The 4-year-old was transported to a local hospital where she died. The 3-year-old was hospitalized overnight for observation and released.

After an investigation, warrants were issued for Lindstrom and signed by Judge Christi Kennedy of the 114th District Court.

Lindstrom was arrested at a mobile home park in the 17000 block of Texas Highway 155 South. He was being booked into the Smith County Jail late Wednesday afternoon.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with Child Protective Services on the investigation regarding the surviving child. Additional information will be released as it becomes available, the sheriff’s office stated.