Algoma woman facing neglect, drug charges in death of 7-month-old daughter
ALGOMA – An Algoma woman faces neglect and drug charges after she was arrested Monday in connection to the death of her 7-month-old daughter.
Cheyanne Wierichs faces possible charges of neglecting a child resulting in death, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.
The charges stem from an incident Feb. 9 when Algoma officers responded to a call in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue for the drowning of an infant, according to a news release from the Algoma Police Department.
Wierichs was arrested without incident and booked into Kewaunee County Jail, after a weeklong investigation by Algoma police with assistance from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations.
A probable cause statement read at an initial hearing Tuesday in Kewaunee County Court said Wierichs put her two children in a bath and went to do some work in the kitchen for a few minutes. When she returned to the bath, she found the seven-month-old had drowned.
Wierichs was released on a $25,000 signature bond at the hearing. It requires her to maintain absolute sobriety, take prescription medication only as prescribed, complete an alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow through on recommendations, and arrange any contact or visits with her surviving child through the county Department of Human Services, among other conditions.
Kewaunee County District Attorney Andrew Naze said he expects to file charges next week although he's not sure exactly what they'll be until he prepares the complaint.
The Algoma Police Department is not releasing more information at this time.
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected].
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This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Algoma woman facing neglect, drug charges in death of 7-month-old daughter