The tragic drowning death of a baby in Bloomington has led to criminal charges against the parents.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges Tuesday, with court documents revealing that the baby boy's parents left their three young children alone, unsupervised while they shopped at Walmart and Cub Foods on Saturday, Sept. 21.
A criminal complaint details the incident, noting that the parents, 54-year-old Eddy Pierre Louis and 25-year-old Sabina Pierre Louis, drove their baby to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina after finding their child floating in the bathtub.
The father attempted CPR but lifesaving attempts were unsuccessful.
Police were sent to the hospital at 10:20 a.m. Saturday where they interviewed the parents, and there were enough inconsistencies in their stories that police began an investigation.
Surveillance video from Cub Foods and Walmart revealed that the couple had left their children unattended at their apartment – the Morgan Apartments off of W. 76th St. – for nearly two hours.
The parents later admitted that they left their residence when their three children, ages 9, 4 and 21 months, were still asleep. They thought they would stay sleeping while they shopped for groceries, but when they got home they heard the 4-year-old in the bathroom, which led to the discovery of their baby in the tub.
Eddy Pierre Louis admitted to police that they didn't call 911 out of fear police would ask questions, so they decided to dry and clothe the baby and then take him to the hospital on their own.
The parents have been charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter for neglect of a child.