Sentencing This Week for Duchesne County Woman Guilty of Child Abuse Homicide of 2-year-old Foster Child

Sentencing is scheduled this week for a Duchesne County woman who entered a Guilty Plea to 1st Degree Felony Child Abuse Homicide in the 2018 death of her 2-year-old foster child. Lisa Jo Vanderlinden changed her plea to Guilty ahead of her scheduled jury trial in March. According to the ‘Statement of Defendant in Support of Guilty Plea’ filed in March in 8th District Court, Child Abuse Homicide carries a penalty of 5 years to life in prison and a $10,000 dollar fine. Vanderlinden’s statement to the court included the following: “On or about August 4th to August 5th, 2018, in Duchesne County, I had the care and custody of ...a foster child... [He] had damage to internal organs of his body that involved a substantial risk of death...My failure to seek such medical attention under the circumstances was reckless and resulted ultimately in his death.” According to court documents, investigators shared at the time of Vanderlinden’s arrest that Vanderlinden said on the evening of August 4th, 2018, she was “mad and frustrated” with the boy and she removed him from the dinner table. Investigators say from that point forward, the boy was in her care. Others in the home told investigators that at some point in the evening, a loud bang was heard from the bathroom where Vanderlinden was caring for the boy. On the morning of August 5th, the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the residence on a report of a deceased 2-year-old boy. The medical examiner found the boy to have numerous bruises and abrasions to his entire body as well as significant internal injuries that resulted in death. Vanderlinden had originally been scheduled for sentencing on May 13th. The date was rescheduled for this Wednesday, July 29th, at 10am in Duchesne County’s 8th District Court. 


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Finally

Finally there will be justice for that little boy

person Reanna

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Sentencing of foster mom

Is the public allowed to the courtroom for sentencing? How can the murder of a foster child only get 5 years?

person Toni Bolton

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Justice

I hope that she gets the max sentence!!

person Brianna

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About Time

She is a murderer, 5 years is not near enough what she deserves after all she did to that poor baby all the abuse he had to endure while in her care and then to be brutally murdered by her she makes me sick! Hopefully in prison she meets someone who thinks the same and gives her what she has coming. That poor Baby deserves justice.

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Shame on you

God will punish you for hurting/killing one of his children. Shame on you and may your days in prison be horrible.

person Shar

I don’t understand

She didn’t even get a year! No prison. Just jail time. She murdered a defenseless 2 year old baby. Severely beat him and then let him die! There is something very wrong with our justice system! But I guess it’s just who you are and who you know and what church you belong to!

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