- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman accused of letting her 19-year-old developmentally disabled son die has been released on bond.

Kimberly Lightwine has been charged with second-degree murder in the August death of her son, Austin Anderson, who was blind and autistic.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://j.mp/2eSMijo) that Polk County sheriff’s deputies say they found Lightwine and her son in a field on August 29 wearing nothing but their underwear.

An autopsy showed the son died from dehydration and the lack of a vital medication.

Lightwine’s bond was reduced last month to $100,000, which she has since posted.

Terms of her release include house arrest at her sister’s Monett home.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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