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Austin Anderson

Austin Anderson

By Jim Peebles
These were among the last plaintive, forlorn words of Austin Anderson, a blind and autistic 19-year-old with perhaps a vocabulary of a few hundred words, afflicted with a debilitating neurodevelopmental disorder. He was barely able to walk.
Other autistic persons fare much better, but many require nearly constant attention by caregivers — often provided by family members. The ending for lower functioning autistic individuals frequently results in the stricken person exhausting their caregivers, and living their lives in a state hospital, private nursing home or group home. Some autistic persons cannot dress or eat, and drink without substantial assistance.
There is a wide range of developmental impairment across the spectrum of autism disabilities. Some victims achieve self-sufficiency. Families with autistic children must avail themselves with all support and assistance which currently exists for their suffering loved ones.
Information about autism and related conditions can be found at the following advocacy link: www.autismspeaks.org.
Austin Anderson lacked such support, and the result was tragic.
According to statements made by Kimberly Lightwine in the felony complaint and probable cause statement, we know what she initially told Polk County Sheriff Detective Billy D. Simpson. Quoting from the probable cause statement, Austin Anderson’s last two days of life are revealed.
The incident occurred “in a field located south of the intersection of Hwy 215 and S. 127, Morrisville, Polk County, Missouri”
“On 8-29-16, The Polk County Central Dispatch Center advised they had received a call reporting a naked female laying on the ground and a deceased male wearing a diaper on the ground near a vehicle in a field.”

Detective Billy D. Simpson was dispatched to the scene as lead investigator, but arrived after two other officers were on scene. He says in the probable cause statement that the deceased’s mother, Kimberly Lightwine, stated multiple times . . . “she and God brought this baby into this world and she had to help God take him out.”
Kimberly Lightwine

Kimberly Lightwine

The probable cause statement dated 9-3-16 charged Kimberly Lightwine with two Felony Counts: Elder Abuse (which includes abuse of a disabled adult) and Second Degree Murder.
The formal interview was conducted at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Bolivar, Missouri. Her Miranda rights were given to her, and thereafter the digital video recording yielded a graphic account of a disturbed individual who would admit to a horrid set of admissions.

— a family member reported Kimberly Lightwine and her son were missing – time of report was not given. A motel room registered to Lightwine in Bolivar was searched. Significant findings in the room revealed: Officer Sean Deaton discovered three apparent medical substances in the room. Hydrocortisone was prescribed for Austin Anderson with a dosage of three tablets per day. This medicine was essential to keep him alive because he had seriously underdeveloped adrenal glands. Without this medication, he would die — which was later acknowledged by his mother. Austin’ second prescription was not identified. A third substance found by Officer Deaton was tested, and found to be methamphetamine. A motel employee said that Kimberly was last seen at the motel on 8-27-16 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that Kimberly Lightwine and Austin Anderson, as early as the afternoon of 8-27-16, left WITHOUT any of the medications found in the motel room.

8-29-16 — Two Polk County Sheriff’s officers arrived on the scene (exact time unspecified). They did not discover any medications or illegal substances on or near the scene where Kimberly Lightwine or her son Austin Anderson were found near Morrisville.  It is entirely plausible she had no EXTRA supply of hydrocortisone.
The probable cause statement reveals, Kimberly Lightwine said when asked by Det. Simpson why she drove her son to the field outside Morrisville,  “I don’t know why I did it; I just got really high and depressed and I killed my kid.”

Austin Anderson

Austin Anderson

In the formal interview taped by Det. Billy Simpson at the Polk County Sheriff’s office by a DVR recording system, she related soul-chilling details which shake human emotions to the very core. Continuing to describe what happened between her and Austin, Kimberly Lightwine said: “Austin, get out of the car and go reach out for help. Put your hands in front of you for help and God is going to take care of you . . . I just kept thinking for God to take my baby away from the pain and misery because that is all I have . . . My baby kept getting hot and kept coming back and wanted his mommy, but I knew it wasn’t good.” When asked by the interviewing detective how she pushed away her son, she put her hands out in a gesture which indicated pushing her son away and stated: “No you don’t want to love me, please let God take you.”
Detective Simpson continued to question Lightwine about the circumstances of her trip to rural Morrisville, and she supplied no coherent answer. She did say she was very angry when she arrived, and recounted how she verbally lashed out at unnamed persons who might be coming after her. She climbed on top of her vehicle and profanely chastised the persons she feared might harm her, according to her statement to Simpson. Were these actions a result of meth induced paranoid psychosis?
She admitted the following: “I threw Austin through barbed wire and cut him up really bad trying to get him to safety.” Detective Simpson questioned her further about how long she was in the field, and how long her son called to her for help, and after falling to the ground, how long was he able to call for her. He told her it could have been more than a day. Her response was the following. “I don’t remember; he kept saying “I want to go home, mommy, I want to go home.”
Also discussed with Kimberly Lightwine was Austin’s physical and mental abilities during Simpson’s interview. She conceded he could not take needed medication, clean himself, eat or drink without assistance. She acknowledged hydrocortisone was essential for his survival.

8-31-16 — Detective Billy Simpson interviewed Austin’s father (Kimberly Lightwine’s ex-husband ) about his condition. He substantially confirmed the assessment of Austin’s mental and physical capabilities, and asserted that Kimberly Lightwine should have known about his full medical conditions. His father assessed Austin’s mental capacity to be at the fourth or fifth grade level.

9-1-16 — An autopsy was conducted by Dr. Keith Norton. His preliminary report was that the cause of death was neglect, which was aggravated by exposure.

9-3-16 — A criminal complaint for two felony counts was filed by the Polk County, Missouri, Prosecutors Office against Kimberly Lightwine.

9-6-16 — Kimberly Lightwine was arrested for the two felony counts listed above, and is being held on a $250,000 bond. All persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

9-7- 16 — Austin Anderson was laid to rest in Butterfield, Barry County, Missouri.

9-21-16 — Kimberly Lightwine appeared for a criminal setting hearing in Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11-16-16 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge John C. Porter.

Date Unknown Unindicted co-conspirators who are manufacturing and distributing unauthorized legal and illegal drugs must face the bar of justice for their part in the rapid decimation of our population.

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