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Lakeville mother charged with two counts of manslaughter

A Lakeville mother is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter in Dakota Country District Court. The story was covered in both the Pioneer Press and twice in the Star Tribune.

The Lakeville mother, Katherine Bodem was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter according to charges filed against her on Tuesday.

One count is for negligence and another for causing the death of a child through neglect or endangerment.

On Aug. 25, police responded to a 911 call at Bodem’s home. When the police arrived, two women were trying to revive Cecilia, Bodem’s11-month-old daughter.

Bodem told police that she had been online while her 3-year-old son and the 11-month-old daughter were in the bathtub filled with water.

After police used a search warrant to examine her computer, they found out that Bodem had been online for 19 minutes.

Bodem’s 10-year-old daughter told police that her 3-year-old brother had come downstairs after she heard Cecilia cry, saying “Mom… Cece,? according to police report.

Bodem has been released from jail Tuesday on a $20,000 conditional bail.

The Pioneer Press article posted Oct. 10, gave an overview of the incident and the charges. It also included detailed information from the police report and statements from Bodem’s mother.

The first Star Tribune article posted on Oct. 10, gave a detailed description of the incident as well as information about similar cases that occurred the latest manslaughter charges against parents. The second Star Tribune article posted on the same day, a few hours later, has quotes and stories from Bodem’s mother, neighbors, and friends.