Baby in Critical Condition after SUV Falls into Lake Minnetonka

Updated: 01/18/2013 11:12 PM By: Scott Theisen

A baby girl was in critical condition Friday night after she was pulled from a sport utility vehicle that fell through the ice on Lake Minnetonka.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says the SUV went through the ice below Halstead Bay Bridge along County Road 44 in Minnetrista just after 5 p.m.

A man, woman and 2-year-old girl were also in the vehicle, Sheriff Rich Stanek said. The family lives in the area and is familiar with the lake, he said.

A Mound firefighter who lives near the bridge and a friend used a hook to help pull the woman from the water. The 2-year-old girl was rescued from the shore.
The woman's husband was trying to rescue their 9-month-old daughter, who was strapped in the backseat of the submerged vehicle. Two Mound firefighters wearing protective suits pulled the baby from the SUV.

Witness Paul Bardine said the baby looked unresponsive after being rescued.

All four family members were taken to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. The baby remained in critical condition late Friday. The other family members are expected to survive.

Stanek said that right now the ice in Hennepin County is variable. It's especially unsafe under bridges.
Within two hours of the incident, two other vehicles went through the ice elsewhere on the lake. Everyone was okay in those two cases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.