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'It was an accident,' says fiancee of E. Texas man charged with daughter's death

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Bella-Rose Lindstrom, Source: Facebook Bella-Rose Lindstrom, Source: Facebook
Russel Lindstrom, Source: Smith County Jail Russel Lindstrom, Source: Smith County Jail
FLINT, TX (KLTV) - The mother of an East Texas girl who died in a hot truck says she does not blame her fiance who was supposed to be watching her.

4-year-old Bella-Rose Lindstrom passed away on June 11, 2014, at her home in Flint. Bella’s father, Russel Lindstrom, says Bella and her 3-year-old sister, Zoey, were taking a nap. Court documents show an hour later, he found the girls locked in the family’s truck.

Lindstrom was arrested Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and injury to a child.

“He knows I'm behind him,” says Michelle Moist, Lindstrom’s fiance.

Moist says her fiance did nothing wrong. It’s hard for her to talk about what happened almost a month ago.

“I lost my baby, one of my babies. Thank God I have Zoey, but it’s just an accident,” Moist says.

“He wasn't there when they put themselves in the car, and for them to say it was an intentional act is barbaric, it's inhumane,” says Marguerite Youngblood, Lindstrom’s mother.

Youngblood is in East Texas to support her son and Moist, who simply want to grieve over losing Bella-Rose.

Lindstrom was arrested two days before the CPS order, keeping him away from his surviving daughter Zoey, was set to be lifted.

“They're just taking advantage of a bad situation and they're trying to tear the boy apart,” says Youngblood.

“A lot of people know us, they've been around us, they know how we are. We're not bad parents. It's just a freak accident,” says Moist.

Those people are now reaching out to Moist and Lindstrom through social media. Many people are writing letters telling Smith County officials Lindstrom is a veteran and a good man.

“Family members and friends, they’ve got their prayers with me, praying for me and just being there to be supportive for me,” says Moist. ‘

She says her words for Lindstrom are simple, “I love you, we'll make it through. You're my rock. I love you.”

Moist says Lindstrom was doing chores around the house when the girls locked themselves in the car. She says their tragedy could happen to any family.

Lindstrom is being held in the Smith County Jail on $200,000 bond. His family is trying to raise money to hire a lawyer. If you would like to help them in that process, click here.

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