ND mom says dead son hit head during diaper changeFORT RANSOM, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman accused of killing her toddler son allegedly told authorities the boy hit his head as she was struggling with him to change his diaper.
FORT RANSOM, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman accused of killing her toddler son allegedly told authorities the boy hit his head as she was struggling with him to change his diaper.
A state crime bureau agent says in his investigative report that 22-month-old Bentley Lindvall apparently suffered many previous suspicious injuries.
Jodi Lindvall, 28, of Fort Ransom, is charged with murder and child abuse in the death of her son last month. She could face up to life in prison if convicted.
According to court documents, Lindvall told investigators that during the diaper-change struggle with her son on Sept. 18, his head fell back and struck the floor, The Forum reported. Medical staff told crime bureau agents that the boy suffered life-threatening head trauma before being brought to the hospital, where he died Sept. 22.
The boy also had “numerous suspicious bruises and healing fractures,” Bureau of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Shelby Franklin said in his report.
In another interview with investigators, Lindvall said she saw her live-in boyfriend, John Holub, violently shake her son, according to the court filing.
Holub hasn't been charged, and his attorney, Bruce Quick, said Holub denies any involvement in the boy's injuries.
“In fact, he wasn't even home at the time. He didn't get home until after the child was apparently laying on the floor of the bedroom,” Quick told the newspaper.
Lindvall was released from jail on $10,000 cash bail. She is due back in court Oct. 17.
Court documents don't list an attorney for Lindvall, and a call to her home Thursday by The Associated Press rang unanswered.