Father in Florida charged with manslaughter after his baby drowns in swamp following car crash

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Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Aug. 21 2021, Published 9:34 a.m. ET

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The parents of a baby boy who drowned in the Florida Everglades after a car accident are now charged in connection to his death.

On Sept. 3, 2020, Marc Dozier, 34, was driving a pickup truck with 32-year-old Charline Coriolan, their four children, ages 1 to 10, and a third adult passenger down Alligator Alley, the Associated Press reported.

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Toll plaza surveillance footage allegedly shows Marvens Dorizar, 1, sitting on his mother’s lap in the vehicle’s front cab while the other three children and an adult rode unsecured in the truck bed, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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During the trip, one of the truck’s tires blew out. Dorizar lost control of the vehicle, which swerved off the highway, struck a fence and flipped over — ejecting the 1-year-old into the swamp and injuring the three children.

Rescuers reportedly located the baby’s body two hours later. Law enforcement officials claim the father was aware the tire that blew had been unsafe.

Dozier is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. He and Coriolan also face charges of child abuse and neglect connected to the crash.

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