Baby pulled from submerged SUV dies at hospital

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The infant pulled from an SUV that crashed through the ice on Lake Minnetonka last week died early Monday morning, WCCO reports.

According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, 8-month-old Tabitha Markle of Minnetrista passed away at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis at 2:31 a.m. The drowning was ruled accidental.

Last Friday, 41-year-old Jonathan Markle was driving home with his wife, 31-year-old Amanda, and their two daughters, 2-year-old Isabelle and baby Tabitha.

Jonathan Markle took a shortcut in the channel between Priest and Halstead bays when the SUV went through the ice.

Tabitha, who was strapped in a car seat, was underwater for about 15 minutes before first responders were able to rescue her.

All other family members were treated at a local hospital and released.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Saturday that there were indications the driver had been drinking, but definitive blood-alcohol-level test results are pending.

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