MILAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio-A 4-year-old boy has died after the car he was riding in backed into the Huron River.
It happened Sunday around 11 p.m. in the Franklin Flats housing development.
The Erie County Sheriff Department said 32-year-old Lindsey Gundlach was with the child's mother and 7-year-old sister when they decided to go to another friend's house.
Both kids were put in the back seat of Gundlach's car. Their mom went in her own vehicle.
According to the sheriff's department, as Gundlach was backing out of the driveway , she missed the road and went into the Huron River.
The children's mother saw the incident unfold and dove into the river. The little girl was freed from the vehicle and brought to shore. Gundlach was also able to escape. Investigators say 4-year-old Javin Jaques was unable to be retrieved and the vehicle sank into the river.
The Milan Township Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from the Sandusky and Huron Fire Departments.
Divers were eventually able to locate and remove Javin from the submerged vehicle.
He was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The sheriff's department said Gundlach was arrested at the scene for suspected drunk driving. She was transported to the Huron Police Department, where she submitted to a breath alcohol test with the result being .12BAC.
Gundlach plead not guilty in an Erie County courtroom Monday morning on aggravated vehicular homicide, 2 counts OVI and 2 counts child endangering.
Her bond was set at $750,000. A pretrial has been scheduled for Dec 29, at 9 a.m.