An Algoma mother will potentially spend the next three years behind bars after neglecting her seven-month-old daughter in a bathtub.
Cheyanne Wierichs pleaded no contest to child neglect charges in late February. According to the criminal complaint filed a year ago, Wierichs admitted to investigators that she left the bathroom with the baby in the bathtub to connect her phone to a Bluetooth speaker, returning after listening to a song when she heard splashing sounds. It was estimated that several minutes would have passed from when Wierichs left and returned to the bathroom. After authorities completed a search warrant, evidence of methamphetamine was gathered from the residence. As a part of her no-contest plea, her previous drug-related drugs were dropped.
In addition to her three-year sentence, Judge Dennis Mleziva placed the 24-year-old Wierichs on extended supervision.
WLUK-TV reported that Wierichs apologized to the court for her actions and addictions that led to her daughter’s drowning before her sentencing.