Search warrant reveals items seized in investigation of toddler's death
Bella Rose and Zoey Lindstrom's room (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
A search warrant, obtained by KLTV Friday, revealed the items police removed from the home and vehicle where a 4-year-old toddler died earlier this week. Bella-Rose and her younger sister Zoey were found Wednesday locked in their family's truck. Bella-Rose did not survive. Their father, Russel Lindstrom, was watching the girls when the tragedy happened.
“They're treating me like I murdered my little girl,” said Lindstrom.
Smith County investigators collected a number of items from Lindstrom's home Wednesday. The search warrant shows that authorities seized, among other things, a green, leafy substance in a plastic bag, drug paraphernalia, a bottle of Percocet, miscellaneous medicine, three laptop computers and two tablet computers.
Lindstrom, who served two tours in Iraq, says the medicine was prescribed to him for his post traumatic stress disorder.
“I've been in terrible situations all my life, especially in the military and nothing like that can compare to losing your daughter, to losing one of your own children, especially at an age so young,” he said.
The warrant called for the search of any property, including vehicles, belonging to or controlled by Russel Lindstrom, his fiancé Michelle Moist, and his fiancé’s brother Jeremiah Moist.
Investigators say right now, Lindstrom hasn't been charged with anything, but they're looking at the possibility of criminal negligence.
“I don't know what they are doing, but with the way they were treating me, all I can assume is the worst and hope for the best,” said Lindstrom.
The investigation in the case is still ongoing. The Smith County sheriff says Bella Rose's death is likely heat-related, but there won’t be any official confirmation until her autopsy is complete.