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Parents’ drunkenness caused death of 2-week-old baby in Collinsville, police say

Baby died in this house while parents were drunk, police say

Collinsville Police said a baby died in this house after the parents were drunk and fell asleep. The trim house in a nice neighborhood has a sign showing support for police in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
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Collinsville Police said a baby died in this house after the parents were drunk and fell asleep. The trim house in a nice neighborhood has a sign showing support for police in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

The death of a 2-week-old baby in Collinsville last month was the result of the infant’s parents being drunk, police say.

Collinsville Police announced Thursday that both parents have been charged with felony child endangerment in connection with the baby boy’s death.

The 2-week-old baby, named Jack, was dead upon the arrival of Collinsville Police early in the morning on June 16. The baby had been placed in bed with one sleeping parent by the other parent, and was found dead in the morning, police said.

Katie Seib, 28, and Brandon Fisk, 30, both of Collinsville, were charged with endangering the life or health of a child. Police believe both parents had been drinking the night before and that their inebriation “led to the circumstances that caused the death of the child,” according to a statement released Thursday by Collinsville Police.

Lt. Gary Scaggs said the cause of death has not been officially determined by the coroner’s office.

“As to the involvement of the parents in the infant’s death, it was a tragedy not involving violence,” he said.

The charges are class 3 felonies, which are generally punishable by two to five years in prison.

Further details were not immediately released. Bail was set at $50,000 apiece.

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Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald
Brian Brueggemann contributed to this story.
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