Mother Accused in Death of DIsabled Son Returns to Court

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- A 44-year-old Aldrich woman accused of killing her disabled son by taking him to a farm field on a hot and humid July day and withholding essential medication from him was in court in Bolivar today (March 6, 2017).

Kimberly R. Lightwine is accused in the death of 19-year-old Austin Anderson. She is charged with second-degree murder and elder abuse, which in Missouri can include abuse of any adult with a disability as defined by law.

Polk County Circuit Judge Michael Hendrickson approved a minor change in the conditions of Lightwine’s bond and scheduled a return to the courtroom for 8:30 a.m. April 3, 2017 to consider other motion in the case. She is currently out of jail on $100,000 bond and living with a relative as a condition of her release.

A probable cause statement filed in the case states that an autopsy on Anderson’s body showed that the man suffered from brain swelling consistent with dehydration and the possibility of his body going into shock from lack of medication.

The man had a collapsed and shriveled adrenal gland and required hydrocortisone to compensate for this condition. Extended exposure to the elements on a hot day also was cited as a cause of death.

Lightwine, who was found lying in grass near her son’s body, made statements to law officers at the scene that she had killed her son, according to the probable cause statements.

Anderson’s father told investigators that his son was not able to walk long distances, was not able to care for himself and required constant care, including aid in eating, drinking and taking essential medications.

Lightwine told investigators she was high on drugs and had taken her son to the field, had pushed him through several fences to reach the area where he was found and had broken a leg in the process, court documents state.

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