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Murder Charge Dropped in Lindstrom Case

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From the most serious crime in North Dakota to a class 'C' felony--43-year-old Stephanie Lindstrom is now charged with negligent homicide instead of murder.

Authorities found a newborn in the toilet in Lindstrom's home in July.

The baby died from drowning.

A medical report released in court changes the case.

At Lindstrom's motion to amend change of plea hearing, Judge William Herauf asked why the charge against Lindstrom has been reduced so drastically.

Bowman County prosecutor Andrew Weiss says medical information shows Lindstrom was most likely unconscious during the death of the newborn baby and he would not be able to prove her mental state warranted a murder charge.

Weiss says medical experts, legal experts and the Bowman Police Department agree with the new lesser charge of negligent homicide.

The maximum penalty of a double A felony is life in prison while the maximum penalty of a class 'C' felony is five years in jail and/or a $5000 fine.

Judge Herauf accepted the plea agreement to negligent homicide.

The state has 90 days to file a pre-sentence investigation before Lindstrom will be sentenced.

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