EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) - When 2-year-old Lukas Pinski drowned in small Edwardsville lake it looked like a tragic accident. Thomas Gibbons, the Madison County State’s Attorney, says a thorough investigation showed otherwise.
Pinski’s parents and two grandmothers now face criminal charges. Prosecutors say they allowed the child to live in squalor and left him alone the day he drowned.
Investigators say they found human and animal feces were found on the floor along with broken glass and piles of trash.
Thomas Pinski and Emilie Pinski face 2 charges each of Endangering the Life or Health of a Child. One charge is a felony the other a misdemeanor.
Each grandmother, Shirley Pinski and Rebecca Kennedy, is charged with one misdemeanor count of Endangering the Life or Health of a Child.
Gibbons says the 4 adult relatives should have done something, “And they all failed or refused to do it.”
Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons says the parents left Lukas and his twin brother alone in the basement, allowing him to crawl up a bench and out a window. Gibbons said the parents allowed this to happen on multiple occasions and never removed the bench or locked the window.
Gibbons said unfortunately he can’t wind back time, “But we can hold people accountable when they don’t do what they’re supposed to do.”
He hopes the charges send a message. “The law can hold them accountable.”