MOUND, Minn. - A father whose 8-month-old daughter died after being trapped in a submerged car in Lake Minnetonka in January has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide.
In a press conference Thursday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the father, Jonathan Markle, was found to have a blood alcohol level of .13 nearly two hours after the truck plunged into the water.
Markle, 41, was driving on Lake Minnetonka with his wife and two children in the car on January 18, when their vehicle fell through the ice near Halsted Bay.
Amanda Markle, 31, was able to escape the sinking car with their 2-year-old daughter, but neither parent was able to get the infant, Tabitha, out of her car seat.
Authorities say Tabitha was likely trapped underwater for 15 minutes before rescue crews cut the straps of the car seat and got her out of the water. She was eventually taken to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis where she died of her injuries. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office listed her cause of death as drowning.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said alcohol was detected at the scene and Jonathan Markle underwent a blood test. Markle told authorities he was returning home with his family from a local restaurant.
Jonathan Markle will make his first court appearance on Friday afternoon.
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