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Springfield child care operator charged in death of infant

March 8, 2022 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri child care provider faces multiple charges after an infant died when she allegedly left him and eight other young children home alone.

Springfield officers were called to a home on March 2 after Deborah Lundstrom reported that an 8-month-old boy under her care was not breathing, police said Tuesday. CPR efforts failed and the boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police said Lundstrom left nine children under the age of 3 alone for about 12 minutes, including the infant who was in a car seat. A news release from police said Lundstrom discovered upon her return that the boy was not breathing.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Lundstrom, 47, was charged Tuesday with first-degree involuntary manslaughter; one count of endangering the welfare of a child-death of a child; eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk; and one count of operating a child care facility without a license.

She is jailed on $100,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney, according to court records.