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Missouri woman left 9 children unattended, including an infant who died, police say


Mar. 10 2022, Published 3:35 p.m. ET

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A Springfield, Missouri, woman is facing charges after police say she left nine children unattended, including an 8-month-old who was left in a car seat and died.

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Deborah Lundstrom, 47, has been charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter, eight counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk and operating a child care facility without a license.

On March 2, Springfield Police went to 2823 N. Washington for the report of an infant not breathing. Officers performed CPR on the child until other first responders arrived.

The infant was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police say.

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The baby was cared for by Lundstrom at the time of his death. She had been operating an unlicensed child care service at the residence and was responsible for nine children younger than 3, according to police.


On March 2, Lundstrom left her home for approximately 12 minutes, leaving the nine children unsupervised. Before leaving, Lundstrom put the 8-month-old in a car seat. When she returned, she found him not breathing and called 911, police say.

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The boy's cause of death was asphyxiation as the car seat chest clip may have kept him from breathing, the Green County Medical Examiner's Office stated, according to a report from

Lundstrom was arrested March 8 and taken to Green County jail, where she remains incarcerated. Her bond is set at $100,000.


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