An Algoma woman charged in the Feb. 9 death of a 7-month-old girl is due back in court Thursday (Feb. 25) to be formally charged.
A criminal complaint was filed in Kewaunee County Circuit Court this week charging Cheyanne Wierichs, 23, with child neglect resulting in death, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the complaint, police and rescue personnel were called to Wierichs’ Fourth Street apartment after receiving a report that an infant had drowned in the bathtub. They found the woman performing CPR on the infant and took over, but the child was later pronounced dead at a Green Bay hospital.
Wierichs told the responding officer she left the child for “maybe a minute” to clean the kitchen area, but later said she left the bathroom to connect her phone to a Bluetooth speaker and listened to a song in its entirety before hearing splashing, the complaint said.
An autopsy found the child died of “probable drowning.”
Investigators searched the apartment and found two plastic bags containing white powder, a glass pipe, and other drug paraphernalia, according to the complaint. The powder later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
Wierichs was arrested Feb. 15, and Judge Keith Mehn set a $25,000 signature bond the next day. Conditions of bail include that she maintain absolute sobriety and complete an alcohol and other drug abuse assessment, following through on any recommendations.