Hot Car Death - Police: Man playing games as child died

Published on Thursday, 10 July 2014 23:14 - Written by Kenneth Dean kdean@tylerpaper.com

A Flint man charged this week in the death of his 4-year-old daughter was playing video games on his cell phone while his children were in a hot truck, Smith County sheriff’s officials stated an arrest affidavit. 

Russell Gene Lindstrom, 33, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the June 11 death of his daughter, Bella Rose Lindstrom.

He also was charged with injury to a child for neglecting his other child, 3, found with Bella in the hot 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup on the property on County Road 1100.

Smith County sheriff’s detective Jennifer Stockwell filed the arrest affidavit with 114th District Judge Christi Kennedy, who set bonds totaling $150,000.

The affidavit states that when deputies arrived, paramedics were performing CPR on Bella Rose. 

Lindstrom told deputies he had put down the children for a nap and then did laundry and played video games on his cell phone. 

Deputies entered the home and found music blaring from a television, a children's bedroom with a few toys, several computer and electronic devices and some drug paraphernalia on a chest in the master bedroom, the affidavit states.

The affidavit also states that the children's mother, Michelle Moist, who was at work at the time, said she had cleaned out the pickup the day before to trade it in. The children often played on it, and Bella could open the doors, she said. 

Lindstrom said last month that he thought the children were asleep until a family member came to the home and asked about the girls. 

Neighbors told investigators they often saw the children completely naked and playing by themselves in the front yard of the residence and would occasionally enter the pool and roadway unsupervised. 

Detective 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."

The affidavit accompanied other documents including bond conditions that prohibit Lindstrom to have contact with his 3-year-old daughter and other children. 

Lindstrom remained jailed late Thursday.