Lakeville mom charged in infant drowning
A Lakeville mother was allegedly surfing the Internet when her 11-month old daughter drowned in a upstairs bathtub in August.
The Dakota County Attorney’s office charged Katherine Renae Bodem, 38, with two counts of second-degree manslaughter today in connection with her daughter’s Aug. 25 drowning.
Bodem left her daughter in the bathtub with her 2 ½-year-old brother for almost 20 minutes while she went downstairs to look up shopping items on the Internet, according to the criminal complaint.
Bodem told police she had left the child in the tub with her brother for only a couple of minutes and could hear the two children splashing and laughing.
Bodem’s 10-year-old daughter, who was downstairs playing with her two other brothers ages 7 and 8, told authorities that after about 20 minutes, the boy came downstairs and indicated something was wrong, according to the complaint.
The Star Tribune, whose story on the case has greater detail, reports that the girl said her mother was on the computer searching for shoes to replace a pair she had damaged.
Bodem said she rushed upstairs and attempted to revive the baby by hitting her on the back and blowing into her mouth, and the girl vomited, according to the complaint. The Star Tribune said police found the tub was nearly full of water, with toys inside and outside the tub.
Also report the Star Tribune: Lakeville police arrived at the home in the 20500 block of Jupiter Avenue and found two women outside trying to revive the child, who the paper identifies as Cecilia.
A forensic examination of the computer, examined by police using a search warrant, indicated she had been online looking for shoes for 19 minutes before the 911 call was placed.
According to the Star Tribune, Bodem apparently hasn’t had any contact with child-protection officials and has no criminal record, officials said.
Bodem was the only adult home at the time.
Bodem’s other children will remain at home under the father’s custody, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.
Bodem made her first court appearance on Tuesday in Dakota County District Court in Hastings and bail was set at $60,000.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 in Hastings.
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