An 11-month-old baby was burnt alive during a house fire in his home in Tower, Minnesota when his uncle left him alone to buy drugs.
Neighbours called fire department upon seeing giant flames and smoke coming out of the window in the building last Wednesday at around 7:40 in the morning. They found a baby inside the Tower and he was identified as Bentley Joe Lewis Koski. The baby was brought out of the house unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. He obtained soot in his esophagus, stomach and upper and lower airways.
Upon further investigation, authorities said his parents left Bentley to his 24-year-old uncle, Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski, to babysit for the night but he left him alone for two hours to buy himself methamphetamine.
When brought to court, he claimed he went back to the house but when he saw it engulfed in flames, and tons of authorities surrounding the place, he backed out and left. He also allegedly stole an SUV and crashed near a ditch. He turned himself in before noon the same day.
He is being held in court for possible charges of second-degree manslaughter, child neglect, possession of illegal drugs and other counts. He also has previous criminal records including second degree assault, fifth degree assault and fleeing police. He also admitted he’s unemployed and receives medical assistance.
Bonacci-Koski requested bail and it was approved but set at $200,000. His next court hearing is on August 21.
The cause of the fire is still unknown but it is not believed to be arson.
Bentley’s parents expressed on Facebook how much they miss their child and wrote how empty they feel now that he’s gone.