Iain Rowe
Source: Grand Haven Tribune

Holland State Park drowning case has turned into a sensation. The mother of the 6-years-old boy, Iain Isiah Rowe, who drowned in June pleaded guilty for third-degree child neglect.

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The 33-year-old Miranda Rowe of Spring Lake Township went to Holland 58th District Court. She turned herself in there on Thursday. Presently, she is free on bond.

Iain drowned on June 6 at Lake Michigan. However, that day, another 17-years-old, Christian Ngabo, also drowned at the Holland State Park along with him. Both were reportedly separate incidents.

Authorities found the lifeless body of Iain the next day. The authorities ruled the death as a drowning.

The investigation started soon after. According to Detroit Free Press, Captain Mark Bennet asserted that the investigation lasted for at least three months. The prosecutor’s office then charged Iain’s mom for third-degree child neglect.

The Sheriff’s office informed that the authorities were called to search for Ngabo. However, when they were on the scene, they found out that Iain is also missing. He was last seen in waist-deep water. The sheriff’s office informed that they searched at both land and water before they found him.

The investigation for the death of Ngabo is undergoing.

The charges came at the backdrop of the condition of Lake Michigan when the boy drowned. The lake had waves of 4-6 feet and reported rip current. The authorities clarified that she has not been charged with intentional harm.

Miranda Rowe has been charged with inattentiveness. The facts include criminal charges. Even though it is unusual but not for the first time that parent is charged with neglect. According to Michigan Law, there is provision for child neglect or abuse in the third degree. It says that if knowingly or intentionally causes harm or commits an act that causes harm or risk, then it comes under third-degree neglect.

It is punishable up to two years in prison. The imprisonment can increase up to 5 years if the person has previous child abuse convictions. Ms. Rowe will be sentenced in Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court by Judge Karen Miedema. The sentencing date is not yet confirmed.