SWANVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) – A 2-year-old child was killed when a vehicle rolled over in Morrison County, authorities said.

The incident happened near Swanville, which is north and east of Sauk Centre between Long Prairie and Little Falls.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office said 31-year-old Gabriel David Pauly of Burtrum was driving when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Quintin Gene Pauly, the 2-year-old child, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

A 31-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy were also taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities arrested Gabriel Pauly for suspicion of criminal vehicular operation after he was released from the hospital. He is currently being held in the Morrison County Jail.

The crash remains under investigation by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Comments (10)
  1. cassie says:

    reat in peace little one 😦

  2. pultdu says:

    reat in peace

  3. Katrina says:

    May the little one rest in peace. My question though… How was a 2yo who should have been in a child restraint seat ejected from the vehicle?

    1. RetroDude says:

      More stellar parenting.

    2. anonymous says:

      Very sad situation when it comes to a child, someone who should’ve been buckled in considering it is the state law. Considering both parents were in the vehicle are they both at fault? In my opinion I feel they are. There are no words when there is a loss of a child, my sympathy to the family and his siblings.

      1. Melissa says:

        Have you thought that the seat belt could have snapped? The child could have been also properly put in and tried to get out. My two year old has done that from time to time. I catch him because he is in the center of the back seat. A child on either side in the back would not be noticed as quickly. My thoughts go out to the little boy. However, appears that there is possibly missing information as to why they arrested the guy. I am sure we will find out more in time. If he wasn’t buckled in serve it as a reminder to all others. No amount of crabbing at the parents will fix it now. If he was buckled – a reminder of how precious life is. No matter what I say make sure you hug your children and those you love. As tomorrow there is no quarantee you will be able to.

  4. Denise says:

    This was a horrible accident…one that the parents will live with for the rest of their lives, do you really think criticizing parental skills is appropriate? Were you there to offer help before this happened?

  5. Kelly says:

    I know these people. You all need to put your mouths in check, You may be able to critisize adults, but the fact remains a child is dead. He had a brother and a sister that will never see him again. To some people this is more than blame, it’s a loss. This is our time to grieve not to listen to that BS. Please have some consideration for the REST of the family

  6. kim says:

    It is very sad that his brother and sister won’t ever see him again. Knowing the information I do his mom and dad failed him miserably. Drinking and driving took 2 adults earlier in the summer in this area and now a innocent baby. When will people learn? It may have been a mistake but the parents deserve to sit time in prison for this mistake. I agree people have to grieve but the parents need to pay for the decisions they made.

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