Dad Charged in Ice Accident that Killed Baby

Posted at: 02/07/2013 4:19 PM
Updated at: 02/07/2013 7:54 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

A suburban Minneapolis man is charged with a felony for allegedly driving drunk when the family's SUV plunged through the ice on Lake Minnetonka, killing his baby daughter last month.

Hennepin County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Jonathan Markle of Minnetrista Thursday with one count of criminal vehicular homicide.

According to the complaint, Markle told police he had two beers at a restaurant before driving on the ice Jan. 18. The SUV went through the ice with Markle's 8-month-old daughter Tabitha strapped in the backseat.

According to the prosecution, Markle's alcohol content was over the legal limit at 0.13.

Markle, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter were able to escape. Markle made three diving attempts to get the girl, but was unsuccessful.

Firefighters pulled the baby from her carseat in the SUV, but she died at a hospital.

Prosecutors say Markle has at least one prior drinking related incident on record.

Markle is scheduled to appear in court Friday. His attorney, Joe Friedberg, had no comment Thursday.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.