Kewaunee County mom charged in death of baby who drowned in tub

Cheyanne J. Wierichs (Photo courtesy Kewaunee Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

The mother of a 7-month-old child who drowned in a bathtub has been charged in Kewaunee County with child neglect resulting in death.

According to a criminal complaint, Cheyanne Wierichs, 23, left her baby alone in the tub for "several minutes" at their Algoma home Feb. 9.

Wierichs left the bathroom to connect her phone to a Bluetooth speaker and then listening to a son in its entirety before hearing splashing, WLUK-TV reported, quoting the complaint.

The child was not in a baby bath seat, according to the complaint.

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Wierichs is also charged with possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She is due in court for an initial appearance Thursday. Court records do not list a defense attorney.

The child neglect charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison upon conviction.

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