Katherine Renae Bodem of Lakeville, Minnesota is charged with two counts of manslaughter in the drowning death of her 11-month-old daughter. Katherine Renae Bodem, 38, apparently was shopping online for shoes when her daughter, Cecelia Katherine, drowned in the bathtub. (A baby photo of Cecial appears above that was taken by family members.) Officers arrived on Aug. 25 to find two women out in front of the house administering CPR to a baby. Bodem apparently was standing nearby yelling, "It's all my fault." Bodem apparently put the baby and her 2-year-old brother in the bathtub on the main floor of the house. Meanwhile, Bodem went downstairs for a few minutes where her other two children were playing. Bodem told officers that said she could still hear Cecelia and her brother playing. When she heard silence, she went upstairs and saw her son pulling Cecelia from the tub.Bodem told police she had left the two children unattended in the tub for about 10 minutes. One of Bodem's other children told police it was about 20 minutes.
Betty Koberoski, Bodem's mother, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she fears her daughter suffers from depression and that a year ago she report her daughter to authorities because of concerns about the children. Bodem is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Update 12-18:From charging information, it appears the 11 year old's story is accurate. The mom appears to have done an incredibly foolish thing, but that does not mean she deliberately intended to put her children at risk. While Child Protective Services with the help of relatives need to step in and protect these children from harm, no punishment by the State will ever match what will haunt Bodem for life. LINK