Algoma mother gets three years for baby drowning

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.

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