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Lindstrom Changes Plea in Case Involving Death of Baby

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A Bowman woman charged with murder after her baby drowned in a toilet bowl changes her plea to guilty to a much lesser charge.

Amber Schatz is at the Stark County Courthouse, with what happened at the hearing.

The Bowman woman charged with murder after her baby drowned changes her plea to guilty of negligent homicide.

That is a much lesser charge than murder.

Because it is such a drastic change, Stark County Judge William Herauf asked the prosecutor a few times if he believed this was fair and reasonable.

Bowman County prosecutor Andrew Weiss answered yes and said that the Bowman police department was in agreement with the new charge.

The judge only accepted the guilty plea-as a conditional plea until he gets more information from the pre-sentence investigation.

43-year-old Stephanie Lindstrom was initially charged with murder after authorities found her newborn baby-drowned in the toilet in Lindstrom's home.

The incident happened in July of 2013 in Bowman.

Bowman police learned Lindstrom had given birth at home after responding to Lindstrom's home for a medical call.

Court records say Lindstrom was transported to the hospital because she was sick.

Today at her change of plea hearing, the Stark County judge says he needs more information on why prosecutors would lessen the charge so drastically.

Again, he took a conditional plea of guilty to negligent homicide today.

He will decide after reviewing the pre-sentence investigation, whether he will accept her guilty plea.

"IS IT TRUE THAT ON JULY 23RD, 2013, YOU COMMITTED NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE.--- "YES," says Stephanie Lindstrom.

The judge says he will not remove Lindstrom's trial date from the calendar until he officially accepts this plea of guilty.

The prosecutor has 90 days to file the pre-sentence investigation with the court.

After that time, the judge should make his final decision about whether he accepts Lindstrom's guilty plea to negligent homicide.

Reporting from the Stark County Courthouse, I'm Amber Schatz.

The judge says he will not remove Lindstrom's trial date from the calendar until he officially accepts this plea of guilty.

The prosecutor has 90 days to file the pre-sentence investigation with the court.

After that time, the judge should make his final decision about whether he accepts Lindstrom's guilty plea to negligent homicide.

Reporting from the Stark County Courthouse, I'm Amber Schatz.

Murder is a double-A felony and negligent homicide is a class C felony.

Maximum penalties for a double-A felony can be life in prison.

The maximum penalty for a class C felony is five years in prison/and/or a 5-thousand dollar fine.

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