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Baby dies after SUV goes through ice; dad may have been drinking


This news story was published on January 22, 2013.
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MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22 (UPI) — An 8-month-old baby died three days after being pulled from a sport utility vehicle that plunged through the ice on a Minnesota lake, authorities said Tuesday.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Tabitha Markle died Monday at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The child was under water for 15 minutes after the SUV being driven by her father broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka in suburban Minneapolis.

The county sheriff’s office said it was investigating the incident and “will determine if alcohol was involved” in the Friday night incident, the newspaper said.

Sheriff Rich Stanek said Saturday there were indications the girl’s father, Jonathan L. Markle, 41, had been drinking, but blood-alcohol test results were not yet available.

Besides Tabitha, Markle was accompanied by his wife, Amanda, 31, and their 2-year-old daughter, Isabelle, when their vehicle broke through the ice. Everyone but the infant survived.

The family had been to a restaurant earlier.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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8 Responses to Baby dies after SUV goes through ice; dad may have been drinking

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I think we can at least wait for the results to come in before persecuting this guy and drinking….

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    anybody Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Alcohol made the truck fall through the ice?

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      Katie Reply Report comment

      January 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Are you a moron or do you just want people to think you are one?

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    dandydon Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    SAD STORY, ALCOHOL & cars or trucks are involved in countless deaths every day, THAT IS DAILY FOLKS, yet front page news is about gun control that is or will be affecting only good people NOT involved in the human tragedy of crime… Hmmmm, SAD STORY INDEED

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    alcohol….the legal safe drug. NOT.

    My point you ask? You gotta ask?

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      Iowa Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

      I have to ask and I am hoping your point is the same as mine. Alcohol is way more dangerous on society then a certain schedule one drug!

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    Just me Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

    If drinking was the cause God have mercy on his soul. He will never be the same or his family. I am praying for the family, sorry for your loss.

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    Emma Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Tragedy for this family, all due to a man who may have been drinking. What possesses a person to do this kind of thing?