A 25-year-old Cabool man was sentenced July 8 after pleading guilty earlier to the death of a 4-year-old stepdaughter.
Daniel Dale Lamborn received a 12-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections in the death of Camille F. Denis in November 2008. He entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter on April 26. He earlier had been charged with abuse of a child resulting in death. Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield sentenced Lamborn.
Lamborn gave authorities multiple accounts of the moments leading to Denis’ death, Sgt. Travis Davis of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department said in a probable cause statement. He initially told Davis that a large toy box had fallen on the girl’s chest. The injury would have been consistent with asphyxiation, which coroner Tom Whittaker initially believed was the cause of death.
An autopsy revealed a laceration to the child’s heart. When confronted with the information, Davis said Lamborn admitted he had lied about the toy box. Davis said Lamborn gave several accounts, including tossing the girl in the air, stepping on her and falling on her with his forearm, before requesting an attorney.
Davis said Lamborn was the only adult home with two children.
The Missouri Department of Social Services State Technical Assistance Team and Texas County Children’s Division assisted in the case.