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Bowman Woman Sentenced in Newborn's Death

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A Bowman woman who faced murder charges after police found her newborn baby drowned in a toilet last July is sentenced today.

Macy Egeland has more from the Stark County Courthouse.

Stephanie Lindstrom is sentenced to 1 year suspended, which means she is a free woman unless she gets in any other trouble in the next five years.

If she violates her probation terms, she'll be behind bars for one year.

"I have looked at every aspect of this and there is no indication this was an intentional act," Judge William Herauf said.

In February, Judge Herauf accepted a plea agreement to reduce her charge to negligent homicide, a class C felony.

Lindstrom was initially charged with Murder, a class AA felony.

"This is just a tragic case. It involves the loss of life of somebody who really could not defend themselves and that's what makes this case so tough," Judge Herauf said.

He also ordered a Pre-sentence Investigation and Psychological Evaluation.

Evidence shows that Lindstrom was sick at the time and her family called the police department for medical attention. That's when they found the baby.

"Severe dehydration which resulted in kidney failure and significant deterioration of her physical condition but more importantly to this case her mental condition," Lindstrom's Attorney Erica Chisholm said.

Lindstrom will also have to go through counseling for up to 2 years.

Reporting in Dickinson, I'm Macy Egeland.

The maximum sentence Lindstrom could have faced for the Negligent Homicide charge is 5 years and a $5,000 fine.

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