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Court appoints attorney for father charged in hot car death

Russel Lindstrom (Source: Smith County Jail) Russel Lindstrom (Source: Smith County Jail)
Bella-Rose Lindstrom (Source: Facebook) Bella-Rose Lindstrom (Source: Facebook)

The Smith County father charged with the hot car death of his daughter has been appointed an attorney.

Russell Lindstrom, 33, was arrested earlier this month. Tuesday, the court appointed attorney Kurt Noell to represent him. Lindstrom is charged with manslaughter and injury to a child.

Bella-Rose Lindstrom, 4, passed away on June 11, 2014, at her home in Flint.

Lindstrom told deputies he had put his daughters down for a nap while their mother was at work. He began doing laundry and playing games on his cell phone. An hour went by before his brother-in-law walked onto the front porch where Russel was playing on his cell phone and asked where the girls were, since it was "unusual for them to be quiet for any length of time." The men checked the bedroom and couldn't find the girls anywhere. A search of the yards and woods near the property turned up nothing. Russel ultimately found Bella and Zoey in their Nissan pickup.

Authorities say Lindstrom told them Bella was slumped over in the back seat, not breathing. She had also vomited in the truck. Lindstrom called 911 and Bella was transported to a Tyler hospital where she was pronounced dead. When she arrived at the hospital, her body temperature was 107.9 degrees. An emergency room doctor listed her cause of death as respiratory failure and hyperthermia.

Lindstrom is being held in the Smith County Jail on $200,000 bond.

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