- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Maple Grove woman who was charged with misdemeanors after she drove into a pond, killing two of the five children on board, is now accused of neglecting one of the surviving girls.

Marion Guerrido, 23, is accused of failing to provide food and medical care for her daughter, who turns 2 this month. Guerrido has a hearing in juvenile court next week, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://strib.mn/1jRhCG5 ).

Guerrido was driving the five children when she lost control on a wet road in November, overcorrected and slid into the St. Louis Park pond.

Prosecutors charged her with driving without insurance, violating the requirements of her learner’s permit and failing to properly use child safety restraints. But they said she wasn’t speeding, using a cellphone or doing anything else that would have constituted a felony.

A surviving daughter suffered brain and organ damage in the accident.

In April, the parents told a child-protection investigator they’d removed the girl’s feeding tube over infection concerns. But they didn’t pursue medical care, and they missed medical appointments, according to the county’s child-protection petition.

The newspaper was unable to reach the parents. Their attorney, Rick Petry, declined to discuss the case.

A judge has already placed the girl under protective supervision. That allows child-protection investigators to oversee her care while she lives at home.

“The Hennepin County attorney’s office is working with Ms. Guerrido’s attorney at a possible settlement,” county attorney spokesman Chuck Laszewski said Wednesday.

Guerrido was driving northwest on Highway 7 toward Highway 100 on a damp roadway when her 1998 Pontiac Grand Am went into a storm water pond.

Guerrido escaped and screamed for help, but the children were trapped inside as the car sank in water that was 8 to 9 feet deep. Passers-by unsuccessfully tried to rescue the children before police arrived.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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