Charges dropped against Minneapolis parents whose child died
A criminal case fell apart this week against a Minneapolis couple charged in the death of their 6-week-old daughter, who was found face down in a laundry basket in their home.
Judge Daniel Mabley on Monday found the mother, Cardie Jackson, not guilty on murder and child neglect charges. Similar charges against the father, Shonwta Jackson, were dropped the next day.
Following a bench trial, Mabley ruled that Hennepin County prosecutors did not prove that Cardie Jackson caused the death of her daughter, Imani, in her Minneapolis home in March 2014. The night before, the couple had put Imani in the basket, where she usually slept, and found her not breathing that morning. The medical examiner found that the girl had suffocated.