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01/15/08- Tyler

Chase Suspect and Young Mother Jailed In Baby's Drowning

We first told you about Robert Kassube last Thursday when he was arrested after a chase with Tyler police. Just 2 days later, investigators were called to an apartment, where Kassube's girlfriend's 9-month old son died, reportedly left unattended in a bathtub with his 19-month old brother.

Late Tuesday afternoon, police tipped off KLTV 7 that they had arrested both Kassube and his girlfriend in connection to the baby's death. Both are charged with manslaughter. 

Tyler Police said they have probable cause to believe both the baby's mother and Kassube were responsible for the baby's drowning Saturday. Investigators also found hundreds of different types of pills in the apartment, including Xanax and Oxycodone, which they believe the two were selling or distributing.

The mother, 21-year old Elizabeth McMurray of Tyler, was living with Kassube with her two children. She does not have a criminal record, but as you may know, Kassube has a long list of criminal activity. That includes last Thursday's dangerous police chase, which he posted bail on Friday.

Both are now facing felonies of Manslaughter and Endangerment to a Child after leaving the two baby boys alone in the bathtub.

"They were reckless in leaving such small infants in bath water and unattended, where one, they can't fend for themselves," said Officer Don Martin, Tyler Police Department.  "They can't swim and it was a tragic deal as far as losing the child in the water."

The other 19-month-old baby was placed in Child Protective Services and is now in the care of another family.

In addition to the Manslaughter and Child Endangerment charges, both Kassube and McMurray are charged with three counts of Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Their bonds have been set at more than two-million dollars apiece.

Courtney Lane, Reporting

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