The case of Cory Stucky and Amy Solland has gone from tragic to bizarre.
Last year, the Minnesota man was charged with manslaughter after a 13-hour drinking binge ended with him falling asleep on top of his 8-week-old son Myles and suffocating him to death.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Stucky started drinking early in the day and consumed around 24 beers. A bar trip for more drinks had him “tanked,” as a neighbor described him, and stumbling into his home.
He fell asleep, but eventually woke up to feed his son. After he did that, Stucky fell back asleep, this time on top of his infant son.
His girlfriend was the first awake in the morning and knew right away that something was wrong.
The Star Tribune’s summary of the criminal complaint:
Stucky at first denied to a coroner’s investigator that he had been drinking, but said two days later that he drank 10 beers before lying down with his baby.
A few months later, Solland told authorities that she and Stucky were hosting neighbors for a swim on the previous day. Stucky started drinking around 11 a.m. and downed 24 beers by nightfall.
She said Stucky then joined others at a bar for more drinks, returning around midnight and falling when his daughter tried to hug him. A neighbor who was with Stucky described him as “tanked.”
The next morning, Solland saw Stucky on the couch, his face toward the back. She spotted one of Myles’ legs. Myles was facedown as she moved Stucky’s arm off the boy’s head.
Here’s where it gets strange. Solland and Stucky broke up after Myles’ death by asphyxiation. The woman cited Stucky’s 12-year alcohol problem.
But, the couple got back together and married this year. Prosecutors dropped manslaughter and child endangerment against Stucky because they said his now wife said she “exaggerated” what happened the night of the little boy’s death.
Prosecutors called into question the motive for the marriage, according to a story in the Star Tribune. Prosecutors said, in a filing: “The state believes that the marriage may be the product of manipulation by the defendant.” Stucky’s attorney vigorously disputed that characterization and said the couple love each other.