The parents of an Edwardsville toddler who drowned after wandering away from his home in May have been charged in their son's death. 25-year-old Emilie R. Pinski and 26-year-old Thomas Pinski were each charged with a single count of endangering the health or life of a child. Investigators say their son, Lukas Pinski was left unsupervised by his parents and was able to climb out of the house through a basement window into an unfenced yard.
Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says Lukas and his twin brother had done this several times before.
In addition, the parents were charged with misdemeanor endangering the health or life of a child, as were Shirley A. Pinski, and Rebecca S. Kennedy - the mothers of Thomas and Emilie - for allowing the children to reside in a home described as uninhabitable, with piles of both animal and human feces, broken glass, debris and trash. The couple's other four children have been in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.