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Bowman woman faces murder charge in infant's death

Stephanie Lindstrom

A Bowman woman charged with murdering her newborn child made an initial appearance Friday in Southwest District Court in Dickinson.

Stephanie J. Lindstrom, 42, was charged Wednesday with a Class AA felony murder charge after allegedly giving birth to a baby girl in a toilet in Bowman on July 23, according to court records.

Lindstrom -- who had not retained an attorney as of Friday morning -- appeared before Southwest Judicial District Judge Dann Greenwood via video conference from Southwest Multi-County Correction Center, where she is being held.

When asked by Greenwood whether she understood her rights and the charges being levied against her, Lindstrom, wearing glasses and an orange jail jumpsuit, responded by saying "yes." Bowman County State's Attorney Andrew Weiss asked for a $100,000 cash bond for Lindstrom, which was granted.

When asked by Greenwood whether she had anything to state or argue after bond was handed down, Lindstrom paused for a moment before objecting to the amount, saying "I have two kids at home."

When Greenwood asked if she had a person to rely upon for care of her children, Lindstrom responded that she did.

Citing the nature of the ongoing investigation, Weiss and Bowman Police Chief Charles Headley declined to comment on the case.

Greenwood said the case is the most serious he's presided over since coming to the bench seven months ago. A preliminary hearing for Lindstrom has been scheduled for Sept. 12.

If convicted, Lindstrom -- who declined the opportunity to apply for a public defender -- faces a possible life sentence under North Dakota law.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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