Emotional stress caused one of the mothers of the children who were trapped inside a submerged car in St. Louis Park to go into premature labor.
Shaniece Thompson, 25, told Fox 9 news that the shock of the news lead her to give birth on Thursday to a 3 lb. baby on the very day that one of her children died in that accident. Thompson said she was only 32 weeks pregnant. She's named the child Dream and it is now in neo-natal intensive care at Abbott Northwestern.
Thompson and the driver, Marion Guerrido, have each lost a child in the crash.
Guerrido, 23, lost control of her car on the ramp from westbound Highway 7 to northbound Highway 100 shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday. The Brooklyn Center woman escaped the car and screamed for help as the five children were trapped inside the submerged car. Neighbors called 911 and rushed to her aid.
"You could barely make out the outline of somebody in the water," said Jeff Robertson, who called 911 from his second-floor balcony. "She was screaming, so I ran back in and grabbed my phone and called 911. I came back out here and shouted out to her that police were on the way. She stopped screaming at that point."
One man ran out of the apartment building, jumped a fence and entered the water to try to help. He was able to stand on top of the vehicle, but the water was still up to his neck.
The first child was pulled out of the car after 25 minutes, the last after 45 minutes, Minnesota State Patrol confirmed. The water temperature was near freezing at the time of the crash.
The Hennepin County medical examiner confirmed Saturday that 5-year-old Zenavia Rennie and 7-year-old Alarious Coleman-Guerrido died from complications of drowning.
A third child, 6-year-old Zarihana Rennie continues battling for her life and is listed in extremely critical condition.
Aliyana and Amani are continuing to make strides in their recovery. Their eyes are open and they are most responsive to verbal commands.
Officials have not yet confirmed the relationship between Guerrido, and the five children that were in her car, but family members she was mother to Alarious and Amani as well as 1-year-old Aliyana Rennie. Her boyfriend fathered Zenavia, Zarihana and Aliyana.
Marion Guerrido, 23: No apparent injury
Aliyana Rennie, 1: Critical condition
Zarihana Rennie, 6: Extremely critical condition
Zenavia Rennie, 5: Deceased
Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, 7: Deceased
Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5: Critical condition