South Beloit woman found guilty in infant son’s death

July 16, 2014
Kayla Ann Lund

Kayla Ann Lund

Online Staff Report

Kayla Ann Lund, 25, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life/health of a child proximate cause of death of the child after a bench trial before Judge Joseph McGraw.

In September 2011, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police were called to Kayla Lund’s home at 608 Wheeler Ave. in South Beloit, Ill., because her infant son wasn’t breathing. The baby, who was only 7 weeks old at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined the baby died of malnutrition. At the time of birth, the child was healthy and weighted 7 pounds, 5 ounces. When he died, the baby lost 30 percent of his body weight and weighed less than 5 pounds. Lund admitted she decreased her baby’s feedings because he was spitting up a lot.

Involuntary manslaughter is a special Class 2 felony that is punishable by a sentence of either probation or three to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Endangering the life/health of a child proximate cause of death of the child is a Class 3 felony that is punishable by either probation or two to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Lund is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 4, before Judge McGraw in Courtroom 209.

Posted July 16, 2014

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