Flint man arrested for toddler's death in hot truck

Facebook/June 12, 2014 interview with KETK (Click Play to Watch)

POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:40am

On Wednesday, the Smith County Sheriff's Office arrested Russell Lindstrom for the death of his young daughter last month.

Detectives and patrol deputies took Lindstrom, 33, of Flint, into custody in relation to the two toddlers who were found in a pickup with the windows rolled up.

On the afternoon of June 11, 2014, the sheriff's office received a 911 call from a person reporting two unresponsive toddlers inside a vehicle in the 18000 block of County Road 1100 near Flint.

EMS arrived and found two girls, ages three and four. The four-year-old, Bella, was taken to a local hospital where she died. The three-year old, Zoey, was hospitalized overnight and released.

After further investigation by deputies, warrants were issued for Lindstrom and signed by Judge Christi Kennedy of the 114th District Court. Lindstrom was charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of injury to a child. His bail combined is set at $200,000.

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

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is continuing to work with CPS on the investigation regarding the surviving child. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

In an interview with KETK the day after the incident, Lindstrom told said had laid the children down for a nap and was playing video games while doing laundry when his brother-in-law arrived. They then checked on the kids and found them missing. 

The pair began searching for the children and found them in the back of his truck, unconscious. He attempted CPR on Bella, but was not able to save her.

"I held my dead daughter in my arms. A big part of me knew she was gone, but my heart and soul hoped she would pull through," said Lindstrom. "Worse than losing a child is wondering if you have. Just waiting for that confirmation."   

Bella was pronounced by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Gary Alfred.

According to Lindstrom, who claims to be a veteran, authorities seized his prescription medication and electronics, but not guns inside the home. The truck involved in the incident was taken to the Smith County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab for processing. 

Lindstrom's interview from June 12 can be viewed above.

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