Mother of girl who died in pond crash gave birth prematurely after learning of child's fate
Guerrido (left) had five kids in her car at the time of the crash; Thompson (right) is the mother of two of them.
Photos via Daily Mail
Shaniece Thompson, 25, is the mother of two of the children who ended up submerged in a St. Louis Park pond following a crash Thursday morning -- five-year-old Zenavia Rennie, who died, and and six-year-old Zarihana Rennie, who remains hospitalized and is reported to be unresponsive.
THE BACKSTORY: Five kids spent 20 minutes in St. Louis Park pond after car veered off highway
WCCO reports that Thompson gave birth prematurely after she learned her children were involved in the tragic accident.
According to the Daily Mail, Thompson, who was just 32 weeks pregnant, gave birth to a daughter named Dream. She's currently in neo-natal intensive care.
"My body is numb because, it's like, you hear, 'Oh, I'm sorry for your loss... congrats on a new baby,'" Thompson told 'CCO. "I look at pictures in my phone and I'm just like, 'This really cannot be happening right now.'"
"I could have been there to let them know 'I'm here,' you know. We fight for each other, you know," Thompson said. "So maybe, if she heard my voice or something she would have, you know, fought harder or something different could have came out."
The Pontiac sedan that wound up in the pond near the ramp at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 100 was driven by 23-year-old Marion Guerrido. Guerrido, who doesn't have a driver's license, is the mother of the other three children who were in the car, including the second one who died as a result of the accident, seven-year-old Alarious Coleman-Guerrido.
Zenavia (left) and Alarious (right) died as a result of the crash.
Photos via Daily Mail
The Star Tribune reports that the remaining children involved in the crash are still hospitalized but improving.
Asked about Guerrido, Thompson told 'CCO she's "angry about the fact she was driving without a license. I'm angry at the fact she put all those kids in a small car."
"I want her to tell me what happened. She's the one who witnessed my children's last breath," Thompson continued. "I would like to know really what happened."
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