Mother accused in August death of son released on bond
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman accused of letting her 19-year-old developmentally disabled son die has been released on bond.
Kimberly Lightwine has been charged with second-degree murder in the August death of her son, Austin Anderson, who was blind and autistic.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Polk County sheriff's deputies say they found Lightwine and her son in a field on August 29 wearing nothing but their underwear.
An autopsy showed the son died from dehydration and the lack of a vital medication.
Lightwine's bond was reduced last month to $100,000, which she has since posted.
Terms of her release include house arrest at her sister's Monett home.
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