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Polk County Woman Sentenced over the Death of her Disabled Son

POLK COUNTY, Mo. -- A woman was sentenced today, June 29, with seven years for elder abuse and seven years involuntary manslaughter for the death of her son.

Kimberly Lightwine, 43, pled guilty last month after her son, 19-year-old Austin Anderson, was found dead in a field.

Polk County deputies said when they found her son, she was lying next to him. They were both wearing nothing but underwear.

Authorities said Anderson had a swollen brain from dehydration and could have gone into shock after not taking a vital medication. Lightwine suffered a broken leg and jaw.

Lightwine told authorities she has no memory before being found in the field, but said she might have been assaulted.

She also told deputies she drove her son out to the field to let him die.

Lightwine has been charged with second-degree elder abuse, which normally applies to the elderly but also refers to disabled adults, and first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

Each charge comes with a seven-year sentence, it has not been confirmed whether or not they will be served at the same time or consecutively.

Read more on the background of this story here.


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