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CPS, sheriff's office investigating negligence in toddler's death

Bella Rose Lindstrom (Source: Facebook) Bella Rose Lindstrom (Source: Facebook)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The truck two toddlers were found unresponsive in Wednesday is now the focus of a Smith County Sheriff's Office investigation. No charges have been filed against Russel Lindstrom, the girls' father, but charges are not being ruled out, either.

"We pulled the vehicle into the crime scene lab where we're conducting tests or.... evidentiary search of that vehicle for possible evidence," explains Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.

Smith says he's not ruling anything out in the death of four-year-old Bella Rose Lindstrom, even if signs do point to her death being an accident.

"Even though it's an accident in some ways... accidents many times can be, --really should be--  ...if there is neglect or negligence involved, there are criminal charges that can be pursued," says Smith.

Many photos posted on Facebook show Bella and her father smiling and laughing together. Child Protective Services is now a part of the investigation, although they say they have no history with the Lindstrom family.

"In this particular situation, we'll be looking at neglectful supervision. Who was supposed to be supervising these young children at this time and how were these young children able to get in the car and not be found for so long," explains CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam.

A check into Lindstrom's background shows that he served two tours in Iraq and received numerous awards for combat, conduct and service.
It was on one of those tours that he met Bella's mother who is now in the army reserves. According to the Tyler Junior College 2013 president's list, Bella's mother is a stand-out student who had a 4.0 GPA last year, making the family's once-happy story even more tragic.

Sheriff Smith says all signs point to Bella's death being heat-related. However investigators won't officially know the child's cause of death until an autopsy is complete. Bella's sister, Zoey Willow Lindstrom, who was also found locked in the truck has been released from the hospital and is staying with her mother and family members.

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