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Milwaukee alderman wants charges against mom in co-sleeping death


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee alderman wants criminal charges against a woman whose seven-day-old son was crushed to death while the two slept on a couch.

Bob Donovan said it would send a strong message that co-sleeping deaths are not accidents, but are caused by neglect and-or abuse.

Milwaukee had 10 co-sleeping deaths last year – and the first death of 2013 occurred on January seventh. Authorities said the mother had vodka and pain medication the night before – and she did not remember taking the child from his father to be fed around 1:30 a.m.

A few hours later, the father saw the child dead on the couch with his mother.

Deputy District Attorney Patrick Kennedy expects the DA’s office to review the baby’s death – but charges cannot be considered until toxicology test results on the infant are known in February or March.

No one in Milwaukee has been prosecuted for a sleep-related death since 2009. Rose Prescott was sentenced to two years in prison for being drunk while letting a 6-day-old girl sleep with her on a couch. Prescott was convicted of fatal child neglect.