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Lyndsey Dawn FIDDLER

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Washing machine death
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 4, 2010
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: 1984
Victim profile: Her 10-day-old daughter Maggie May Trammel
Method of murder: Drowning (putting her in a washing machine)
Location: Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to four years for manslaughter and 30 years with 15 years to serve on a child neglect charge on October 5, 2011
 
 

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Mom Gets 15 Years For Infant's Washing Machine Death

Ktul.com

October 6, 2011

Tulsa - A woman whose ten-day old baby girl died after she was found in a washing machine last November has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of Maggie May Trammel, who was just ten days old when her aunt discovered her inside a running washing machine.

The autopsy showed Trammel died by drowning.

Fiddler was originally charged with first-degree murder in the case, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in August. She told investigators she didn't know how the child had gotten into the washing machine.

Police say Fiddler tested positive for meth and other drugs after her arrest.

Fiddler is required to serve at least 85-percent of the sentence -- or 12 years and nine months -- before she would be eligible for parole.


B'ville woman handed split 30-year term in baby's death

By Laura Summers - TulsaWorld.com

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Bartlesville - A Bartlesville woman was sentenced to prison Wednesday in the death of her 10-day-old daughter, whose body was found in a washing machine.

Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp, following a recommendation from the District Attorney's Office, sentenced Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler, 27, to a split 30-year term on a child-neglect charge and to four years in prison on a second-degree manslaughter charge. The prison sentences will run concurrently.

The split term calls for 15 years to be served in prison followed by a 15-year probation.

Child neglect is defined in Oklahoma as a violent crime that requires the defendant to serve 85 percent of the prison sentence before being eligible for parole.

Fiddler pleaded guilty in August to the charges related to the Nov. 4 death of Maggie May Trammel.

"Good luck, Ms. Fiddler," DeLapp said to the defendant, who also was fined $1,500 and ordered to undergo substance-abuse counseling and register as a violent offender.

A few supporters gathered in the courtroom and followed Fiddler down the hall to the elevator as she made the trip back to the jail where she has been held since November. Fiddler requested that she be sent to prison as soon as possible.

Since her arrest, Fiddler has said repeatedly that she does not know how her baby got into the washing machine.

Fiddler tested positive for several drugs, including methamphetamine, when she was arrested.

According to a presentencing investigation report, Fiddler said she is guilty of child neglect because of her drug use, but she does not believe that she put the infant in the washing machine.

"I know everybody has slammed me, and I deserve some slamming for taking care of my children while on drugs, but I know I would not hurt my children. I never have," she states in the report. "It's all so bad and everyone has spent so much time putting me down. I feel like it's them against me."

District Attorney Kevin Buchanan initially charged Fiddler with first-degree murder but amended the charge in August, saying the "evidence does not indicate the defendant intentionally killed her child."

Fiddler's two other children, ages 6 and 9, now live with a relative.

Buchanan indicated that the length of the recommended sentence was intended to ensure that they would be adults by the time she is released from prison.


Bartlesville Woman Sentenced For Washing Machine Death Of Infant Daughter

By Tara Vreeland and Russell Hulstine - NewsOn6.com

October 5, 2011

BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -- A Bartlesville woman who pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter in the death of her 10-day-old daughter was sentenced Wednesday in a Washington County courtroom.

The judge sentenced 27-year-old Lyndsey Fiddler to four years for manslaughter and 30 years with 15 years to serve on a child neglect charge.

Fiddler was initially charged with first degree murder and child neglect in the death of Maggie Trammel on November 4, 2010. Trammel was found dead in a washing machine at Fiddler's Bartlesville apartment.

In late August, Fiddler entered a guilty plea to the reduced manslaughter charge and to the charge of child neglect.

"I omitted to use ordinary care and caution in regards to supervising Maggie Mae by using and abusing methamphetamine and the prescription drugs," wrote Fiddler, in court papers filed in Washington County.

Fiddler says her actions caused the death of her infant daughter.

In November 2010, Fiddler says she fed bathed and dressed her baby and laid her down. She writes that she passed out on the couch, and when she woke up, she said her Aunt found Maggie May dead in the clothes washing machine.

"Oh it's horrible. Horrible. You don't expect to hear anything like that, especially here," said Dewey resident Tera Rickman.

"I think it's sad. I think it's sad that there is a child that's gone. I think it's sad that anybody got to that stage in their life," said Marion Pyatte, Bartlesville resident.

Fiddler says her aunt, Rhonda Coshatt was also with her in the home when Maggie May drowned. She says her aunt was high on morphine, but that she doesn't know who put the baby in the washer.

Bartlesville police said Coshatt was on prescribed medication and did not break the law. They say Coshatt was investigated, it was discussed with the DA, and they don't expect charges will be filed against her.


Bartlesville Woman Pleads Guilty In Baby's Washing Machine Death

By Ashli Sims, News On 6 and NewsOn6.com

August 23, 2011

BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -- A Bartlesville woman charged with killing her infant daughter by putting her in a washing machine pleaded guilty Tuesday to 2nd degree manslaughter and child neglect in a Washington County courtroom.

Lyndsey Fiddler, 26, had waived her right a jury trial on August 9, 2011.  

It was a shocking case that united a community.

Last November, ten-day-old Maggie May Trammel found dead in a washing machine.

"Tiny, very tiny. She had long feet and big hands. I only go to see her four times," said Jessica Solis, Maggie May's Aunt.

Her mother Lyndsey Fiddler was arrested, accused of being so high on meth she killed her baby.

"I want people to see the effects of drugs. That's the most important thing I think. It could have been prevented. Like the lady said, it really could have," Solis said.

Fiddler told police she didn't know how the baby ended up in the washing machine.

She was facing a first degree murder charge. But prosecutors say limited samples of Fiddler's blood made it tough to prove how many drugs were in her system.

The DA says it doesn't appear she meant to kill little Maggie May, but he says Fiddler's drug use directly led to the infant's death.

Fiddler ended up pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter and child neglect.

The DA is recommending Fiddler spend the next 15 years in prison and another 15 years on probation for her role in Maggie May's death.

That sentence would ensure Fiddler's other children would never be placed back in her custody.

Lyndsey Fiddler will be sentenced in October.

Statement from Washington County District Attorney Kevin Buchanan:

Today, Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler entered pleas of guilty to the charges of Manslaughter 2nd Degree and Child Neglect ending a nine-month long investigation and prosecution that has been the focus of the Washington County District Attorney's Office and the Bartlesville Police Department since these crimes occurred in November 2010.

This case has reached a positive resolution in large part due to the hard work and professionalism of the Bartlesville Police Department.

This case involved unique factual and legal circumstances that resulted in the tragic death of Maggie Mae Trammel, the defendant's ten-day old infant.

These unusual circumstances created difficult evidentiary issues, including limited samples of Ms. Fiddler's blood to prove the quantity of drugs in her system.

After extensive review and discussion of the events that lead to the death of Maggie Mae Trammel, the evidence does not indicate that the Defendant intentionally killed her child.

Ms. Fiddler's conscious decision to ingest Methamphetamine, along with other prescription medication, directly led to the death of Maggie Mae. The Defendant's intoxication rendered her incapable of caring for her child and exposed her infant child to the consequences of illegal drug use.

The Washington County District Attorney's Office has made this case a priority and has dedicated many long hours and resources to this successful prosecution.

The culmination of this work has led this office to recommend that the Defendant be sentenced to 30 years with 15 years to be served in the Department of Corrections.

The crime of Child Neglect is categorized as a violent crime and requires the Defendant to serve eighty-five percent of her incarceration before becoming eligible for parole. Parole is not mandated upon reaching eighty-five percent of the Defendant's sentence.

Consideration was given that the recommended sentence will ensure that the Defendant's surviving minor children will reach the age of majority before Ms. Fiddler is released and therefore they will not be placed back into her custody.

After release from incarceration the Defendant will be closely supervised for an additional fifteen years. In the event of future violations of the law or rules of probation the Defendant will be subject to serving the remainder of the sentence in jail.

The Washington County District Attorney's Office is acutely aware of the outrage felt by our community following Maggie Mae Trammel's death.

Given the challenges facing my office in prosecuting this case to a successful and desirable verdict, I believe that an appropriate and just outcome has been reached for Ms. Fiddler's surviving children and all others personally involved and affected by this case.


ME: Baby in washing machine died of drowning

By Laura Summers - TulsaWorld.com

March 3, 2011

BARTLESVILLE — The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled a 10-day-old baby whose body was discovered in a washing machine died of drowning.

The autopsy report for Maggie May Trammel, who died Nov. 4, was released this week by the state agency, which ruled the infant’s death was a homicide.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday charged the baby’s mother, Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler, with first-degree murder.

The report notes the baby had numerous contusions and abrasions consistent with the conditions that would be endured “while in the washing machine during a wash cycle.” There were no drugs or alcohol in the baby’s system according to toxicology tests performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bartlesville police arrested Fiddler in the child’s death after an extensive investigation that began with a 911 call reporting the death of infant child whose body was discovered inside a washing machine that had just completed its spin cycle.

The baby’s great aunt, Rhonda Coshatt, told authorities she fed Maggie May and changed her diaper before Fiddler took the infant to another room, saying she was going to put the girl to bed.

Coshatt told police she found the baby in the washing machine, which had been making noises as if it were out of balance. Fiddler has denied placing the baby in the washing machine.

Coshatt told authorities that Fiddler had been using methamphetamine for the three days before the baby’s death. Tests showed that Fiddler had methamphetamine, amphetamine, opiates and benzodiazepine in her system at the time of her arrest.

The murder charge alleges the baby died because Fiddler failed to adequately care for the infant due to exposure to illegal drugs.

Fiddler remains in Washington County jail with bond set at $100,000. The murder charge she now faces comes in addition to a child neglect charge filed in the case in November. Fiddler returns to court on March 10.


Mom Accused In Infant's Death Appears In Court

Ktul.com

November 12, 2010

Bartlesville - A woman accused in the death of her infant daughter found dead in a washing machine appeared in a Washington County courtroom Friday morning.

Lyndsey Fiddler was suppose to have a status hearing, but it was rescheduled to December third. The 26-year-old mom doesn't have an attorney.  She left the courtroom the same way she entered it -- in police custody.

As she walked to the elevator in handcuffs, she wouldn't respond to any of the questions News Channel 8 asked her about the day 10-day old Maggie May Trammel died.

A week ago, Fiddler's aunt told News Channel 8 she discovered Maggie May inside the washing machine as it ran. To people like Joe Parret, the toxicology test that found meth and other drugs in Fiddler's system says a lot.

"Meth is something that grabs a hold of you and you just can't explain," he says.

Joe says he knew  Fiddler used drugs long before police were called to her home to investigate.

"Yes, I know her, and I know her boyfriend," Joe remarked.

He tells News Channel 8 Fiddler is actually a nice person, but he said she's also an addict. The 33-year-old admits he's one too.  In fact, he was at the courthouse to turn himself in on an unrelated charge outside the very courtroom where Fiddler appeared for the status hearing.

Parret says jail is going to save his life, and he thinks it will do the same for Fiddler.

Under the law, Lyndsey Fiddler is considered innocent until proven guilty. Washington County Assistant District Attorney Will Drake says Fiddler could spend life in prison if she's convicted of child neglect.

"At this point, the investigation does not warrant a murder charge," he says.

Drake says that could change, however. The investigation is ongoing, and he said they're not ruling anything out.


Epitome Of A Bad Mother: Meth Head Monster Tosses Newborn In The Washing Machine With Dirty Clothes

Bossip.com

November 7, 2010

A ten-day-old baby girl died after being placed in a washing machine as it went through an entire spin cycle.

The newborn’s mother Lyndsey Fiddler put her daughter into the washing machine along with a pile of laundry.

The tiny baby was inside the top loading washing machine for up to 40 minutes before being discovered.

A relative who called in to see Fiddler found her passed out and the baby, called Maggie May, missing.

She also heard a strange sound from the washing machine and when she opened the door found the crumpled body of Maggie mixed in with the clothes.

In a frantic call to emergency dispatchers 26-year-old Fiddler is heard saying :’My baby is dead.’

She can then be heard arguing with her aunt Rhonda Coshatt who is heard on the call saying: ‘No I did not kill your baby, you did.'

Police have charged Fiddler with second degree manslaughter after initially arresting her on drug charges.

Family members had been concerned about Fiddler because of her past drug use.

Earlier this year they had tried to get her parental rights revoked before the birth of her third child.

The young mother had been arrested in April for taking drugs when she was four months pregnant.

She is suspected of being hooked on crystal meth and taking the drug the night her daughter died.

‘The mother was asleep and she had trouble waking her and heard the washer out of balance, clanging, so went to lift the lid so it would stop and in the washing machine, saw the baby,’ Holland said.

Fiddler’s two other boys, aged four and three, were taken into care by social workers.

The infant’s father, Benjamin Trammel, said he can’t believe his girlfriend deliberately killed their daughter.

‘Inside my heart, I can’t believe Lyndsey would have hurt our little girl. I don’t believe it in my heart to be honest with you,’ Trammel said.

Paramedics had desperately tried to revive the newborn baby after she was pulled out of the washing machine, but she was already dead on arrival at hospital.

Paramedic John Houser,who worked on the baby, said: ‘Terrible. I don’t even know how to describe it.’

Fiddler has a long criminal history with arrests for assault, driving without a licence and not having her two older children in car seats.


Ten-Day-Old Bartlesville Baby Found Dead In Washing Machine, Mother Arrested

By Lori Fullbright - News On 6 and NewsOn6.com

November 5, 2010

BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -- Bartlesville Police are investigating the death of a 10-day-old baby. The infant's mother, Lyndsey Fiddler, has been arrested for second-degree manslaughter.

Police officers were called to a downtown apartment at 7:42 p.m. Thursday after receiving a 911 call. When they arrived, they found the infant dead inside a washing machine, having been put in there with clothes and gone through an entire wash cycle.

Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland says in his 40 years of police work he has never seen or heard of anything like this.

"I started in Fort Worth and have walked into apartments with seven dead bodies, seen terrible crimes, mass murder, even," Holland said.

Police say an aunt of the mother went over Thursday night to check on Fiddler and her three kids and found a terrible scene.

"The mother was asleep and she had trouble waking her and heard the washer out of balance, clanging, so went to lift the lid so it would stop and in the washing machine, saw the baby," Holland said.

Records show Fiddler has had many run-ins with Bartlesville police. She's been found guilty of larceny, assault and battery and many times for failing to show up for court.

She's also been stopped several times for speeding, driving without a license and not having her kids in car seats.

She was arrested in April for possession of a controlled drug, when she was four months pregnant. She got a one year suspended sentence and 10 days in jail, but didn't show up for court.

Fiddler's family tried back in June when she was pregnant, because they were so concerned about her drug abuse, to get her parental rights revoked, but it didn't happen.

Now, a terrible tragedy has occurred that has devastated not only her family, but also the emergency responders.

"I know the detective, he's a veteran detective who was taking photos at the hospital and he had to step out for awhile. He's got three girls," Holland said.

John Houser, A Bartisville paramedic, tried to save the baby on the way to the hospital, but it was too late.

"Terrible. I don't even know how to describe it," Houser said. He said she was so tiny when he lifted her into the ambulance, that it just broke his heart.

The infant's body has been turned over to the state Medical Examiner's Office.

Fiddler is currently being held without bond, and authorities say a bond hearing will be scheduled for this weekend.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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