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Lack of food contributed to baby's death, court documents say

Investigators did not find food or baby formula, but instead an empty bottle of whiskey and tobacco.

Posted: May 6, 2020 8:05 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- The Linn County Court has released the probable cause affidavit in the death of a baby in Lebanon.

The five pages of court documents describe the neglect and starvation that led to the death of one-and-a-half-month-old Sandra Lee.

The investigation found that her mother, Shantell Swiercz, attempted to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on her the night of March 28 but waited two hours before calling 911.

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According to the court, investigators found Lee weighed five pounds four ounces, nearly seven ounces lighter than when she was born in February. They also did not find any trace of food or baby formula, but instead an empty bottle of whiskey and tobacco.

Swiercz told police she was planning to buy baby formula on April 1 when she was paid. She also told them she knew something was wrong the night Lee died. Swiercz wanted to take Lee to the hospital but got into a fight with her partner, Kristian Lee, because he didn’t want Swiercz to take her.

Police also interviewed family members with one raising the concern of possible child neglect. Lee and Swiercz also have a four-year old-daughter and one-and-a-half-year-old son.

Lee and Swiercz both face a first-degree manslaughter charge.

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