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Mom who drove into pond now accused of neglecting surviving child

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The mother who lost control of her car and plunged into a holding pond in St. Louis Park last year is now accused of neglecting her daughter who was injured in the incident. Two of the five children in the vehicle Marion Guerrido was driving on that November morning died as a result.

The Star Tribune reports that Guerrido, 23, denies Hennepin County's accusations that she and the girl’s father, Julius Rennie, 25, failed to provide food and medical care for her child. A hearing on the matter is scheduled in Juvenile Court on July 11.

A judge placed the girl under the protective supervision of Hennepin County, allowing child protection to oversee her care while she lives with her parents, the newspaper reports.

The newspaper reports that the girl, who turns 2 later this month, suffered brain and organ damage after nearly drowning while trapped in the submerged Grand Am. The county’s child protection petition said the parents removed a feeding tube and the child's weight dropped, and a doctor diagnosed her with failure to thrive. The parents said the girl was eating enough by mouth and they feared the tube had become infected.

The newspaper could not reach Rennie or Guerrido; their lawyer, Rick Petry, declined comment.

The Hennepin County attorney’s office is working with Guerrido’s lawyer on a settlement, a county spokesman said Wednesday, adding that the parents have been in compliance with the county CHIPS (child in need of protection or services) plan.

Guerrido had a learner’s permit at the time of the incident, which required her to have a licensed driver with her; she was the only adult in the car. Guerrido’s son, Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, 7, and Rennie’s daughter Zen’Avia, 5, died.

In May, Guerrido was charged with three misdemeanors.

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