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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 8, 2022
March 8, 2022
Springfield, Mo. – On March 2, 2022, the Springfield Police Department responded to 2823 N. Washington for the report of an infant not breathing. Officers performed CPR on the infant until other first responders arrived.
The eight-month-old infant was transported to the hospital by EMS and pronounced deceased at the hospital. Next of kin have been notified.
The Springfield Police Department’s Child Victims Unit began an investigation into the death.
The infant was cared for by Deborah Lundstrom, 47, of Springfield, Mo., at the time of death. Lundstrom was operating a childcare service at the residence and was responsible for nine children under age three.
On March 2, 2022, Lundstrom left her home for approximately 12 minutes leaving all nine children unsupervised. Lundstrom placed the eight-month-old into a car seat before leaving. When Lundstrom returned, she found him not breathing and called 911.
The Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy, and the cause of death is still under investigation.
The case was presented to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office. On March 8, 2022, Lundstrom was charged with 1st Degree Involuntary Manslaughter, 1st Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Death of a Child, eight counts of 1st Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating a Substantial Risk and Operating a Child Care Facility Without a License.
Lundstrom was arrested by SPD detectives and is currently incarcerated at the Greene County Jail.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office cautions that the charges contained in the felony complaint are merely allegations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810. You may also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
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Case number: 22-6677
Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters417-864-1786[email protected]
Release authorized by Captain Tony Vienhage