MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A northern Minnesota man facing manslaughter charges in the death of a baby in a house fire last week told investigators that he left the child home alone to buy meth when the building caught fire.

Jesse Bonacci-Koski, 24, of Hibbing, is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his 11-month-old nephew, court documents filed in St. Louis County say. Bonacci-Koski also faces charges for vehicle theft and drug possession.

According to a criminal complaint, Bonacci-Koski was watching his nephew on the morning of Aug. 2 in his brother’s Tower home when he left child alone. In an interview with investigators, he said he’d left for about two hours to buy meth. When he returned and saw fire trucks, he fled.

The fire had flames coming from the home’s first floor and heavy smoke pouring out of the second floor, the complaint states. About an hour after arriving on the scene, emergency workers pulled the baby’s body from the building. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner’s office said the child had soot in his esophagus, stomach and upper and lower airways, the complaint states.

After fleeing his brother’s home, Bonacci-Koski dumped his drugs in a parked car, stole a different vehicle and ran into a swamp. He also left his brother’s family dog in a parking lot.

Bonacci-Koski was eventually arrested after being found in the woods off Highway 169 in Pike Township. There was also an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.

If convicted of the manslaughter charges, Bonacci-Koski faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each count.

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  1. Now waits just a minute. When we had a welfare babymomma from Chichago fry her THREE little babys to a crisp while she be out partyin after she turned the oven up to broil an left the oven door open an dem babies all cooked to death in they own juices while she be out partying an gettin juiced … Everybody gots together at them babys funeral, county sheriff, city officials, revern Al, an they said “How aufful” an they vowed to quick an get her a new welfare town-home, or highrise so she could get back to breeding some new replacements as soon as possible.