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Bolivar, Mo. — A Sept. 21 criminal setting date was assigned to Polk County Circuit Court Judge John C Porter in the case of Kimberly R. Lightwine, 42, of Aldrich, Mo., who has been charged with the murder of her 19-year-old blind and autistic son Austin Anderson.
Update: At the criminal setting her preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 16 before Judge Porter.
Lightwine, an admitted Meth user, told the Polk County Sheriffs Department that she took her disabled son to a field near Morrisville, Mo., on Aug. 26 and was there through Aug. 29, during which time he was deprived of all food and water and his medications which he would die without.
Lightwine, who is reported to receive SSI and Medicaid payments for her disabled son, is charged with second degree murder and second degree elder abuse.
Sentence for elder abuse, which by state law includes the abuse of disabled adults, is 5 to 20 years. Sentence for second degree murder is 10 to 30 years.
Lightwine and her dead son were found after Polk County Sheriff’s Central Dispatch on Aug. 29 received a call reporting a naked female and a dead male wearing a diaper lying on the ground near a Ford Expedition in a Morrisville field.
Upon arrival Patrol Supervisor Rich Meyers found Kimberly Lightwine lying face down in the grass dressed in only panties and a dead male subject was found 15 to 20 feet from the vehicle wearing a diaper.
Lightwine told police that she had used Meth before she took Austin to the field but that she did not use the drug while they were there.
She and Austin had been staying at a motel in Bolivar, about 13 miles from Aldrich, for some time. Police found evidence of Meth use and Austin’s medicine there. Morrisville is about 11 miles from Bolivar.
During her interviews Lightwine said several times “I killed my kid.”
She told police that she had pushed him through a barbed wire fence and pushed him away when he called and reached out for her.
Austin was described as a severely disabled person who was blind, could barely walk and was unable to feed himself or change his own diaper. His speech was described as limited but Lightwine did say that he kept saying “Mom, I want to go home.”
At one point while the officers were still at the field with Lightwine she made statements such as “she and God brought her baby into this world and that she had to help God take him out”.
Lightwine is being held at the Polk County Jail on $250,000 bond.
Information in this article was taken from the probable cause statement filed by Polk County Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth Ashlock.
To see the entire criminal complaint and probable cause document, click HERE.
A warrant for Lightwine’s arrest was issued on Sept. 3. She was hospitalized for a leg injury following her initial interview. She was booked and jailed Sept. 6.
Lightwine is being represented by public defender Dewayne Perry of Bolivar.
Graveside services for Austin Anderson were held Sept. 7 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield. Austin’s father, Robert Anderson, is a Butterfield resident. Lightwine had custody of Austin.
Funeral arrangements were made by Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.
To view Austin’s obituary, click HERE.