Probation for mom in baby’s death

Kayla Ann Lund
Kayla Ann Lund

Staff Report

The South Beloit woman found guilty of the 2011 death of her infant son will be released on probation.

Kayla Lund, 25, was found guilty of manslaughter and endangering the life/health of a child in July.

Monday, Sept. 15, Chief Judge Joe McGraw sentenced her to 180 days in jail and four years probation. Lund has been credited for time served in the Winnebago County Jail. That means she will not serve additional time behind bars.

In September 2011, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police were called to Kayla Lund’s home at 608 Wheeler Ave., South Beloit, because her infant son, Jaxon, 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 Jaxon’s feedings because he was spitting up a lot.

4 thoughts on “Probation for mom in baby’s death

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    OMG, that is it? Probation? Now she can just go out, get pregnant AGAIN, and kill another child. WHY wasn’t she sent to prison? Well, I will remember this McGraw–shame on you for YOUR negligence!!

    • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:07 am

      Negligence law is really a religious thing if but a way for the social elite to defraud others. For what I understand, she was grabbed on a recklessness allegation.

      “McGraw ruled that prosecutors did not prove Lund intended to kill Jaxon. However, he found Lund was reckless and did not care for the infant like a reasonable person should.”

      This goes with the “If you’re reckless, then you’re also negligent” line of thinking.

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Hmm, this is odd. Sure, baby’s spit food. However, if there was something biological going on, I think a reasonable person argument could be made that she was being ignorant as to the child’s health, which would then be why it died. So, if the baby had a genetic disorder or something, that may have been why it was spitting up food and eventually died.

    It was 7 weeks old when it died. That’s not necessarily enough time for a person without a medical science background to figure out what’s going on. Also, some people won’t go to a doctor unless they’ve had an illness for about two weeks. Difficult to tell if this was really manslaughter. Perhaps a genetic analysis should be done on the child. Another possibility is for the mother to have an analysis for genetic defects along with the father. If there is some genetic defect that led to this child’s death, then bring that in as new evidence and push off the case.

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:03 am

    “Zimmerman attempted to place the cause of death in doubt by saying that not every possible disease had been ruled out. He said expert doctors who testified for the prosecution based their findings in part on readings of a scale that had not been calibrated and may have been faulty.” (

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