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A nurse charged with the murder of her two-year-old foster son allegedly beat him to death at her home in Utah after researching child injuries on the internet, explosive court documents have revealed.
Duchesne County deputies were dispatched to the home of Lisa Jo Vanderlinden in Neola on August 5 receiving reports of a deceased child. Upon arrival they found the toddler, identified as L.C., dead with multiple bruises and cuts on his face and body.
Examiner - Boy - Injuries - Result - Blunt
A medical examiner later determined the boy had died from internal injuries that were the result of blunt force trauma consistent with child abuse.
Vanderlinden, a 41-year-old licensed practical nurse who had previously fostered and adopted several other children, told police that the night before the boy was found dead she had been 'mad and frustrated' with him, according to court documents.
Police - Vanderlinden - Boy - Dinner - Table
Police say Vanderlinden removed the boy from the dinner table on the evening of August 4 and he later began vomiting, so the nurse bathed him and changed his diaper several times over the course of the night.
Court documents state that at one point that night a family member heard a 'loud bang' that came from the bathroom where Vanderlinden was caring for the toddler.
Noise - Boy - Documents
Following the noise, the boy wasn't acting normal and would not walk, the documents say.
Other children in Vanderlinden's care on the night of the accident told police that she had been angry and yelling.
Investigators - History - Vanderlinden - Phone
Investigators later looked into the internet history on Vanderlinden's phone and found that...
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