Police: Intoxicated mother caused death of child in Appleton

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Appleton Police say they’ve arrested a woman for “intoxicated bed sharing” in the 2015 death of her daughter.

Police say the 26 year old Keshia Waupoose was taken into custody Friday. She’s being held in the Outagamie County Jail after being charged with one count of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide.

On Aug. 27, 2015, Appleton Police responded to a residence on N. Story Street for a report of a three-month old child who was not breathing. First responders were not able to revive the child, who was declared dead at a local hospital.  The autopsy listed the child’s death as, ‘Asphyxia due to overlay”.

Investigators say the mother got intoxicated at a get together the previous evening and went to sleep in a makeshift bed where her daughter had been placed.

According to Sgt. Dave Lund with the Appleton Police Department, “This wasn’t an actual crib. This wasn’t an actual mattress. It was just couch cushions that they have laid a blanket over, so it already was not a good sleeping surface.”

While most bed sharing death are tragic and accidental, in this case, police believe Waupoose’s history of contact with Social Services about her parenting and her alcohol use make it criminal.

“Because of the level of intoxication, investigators feel that this could have been prevented simply by not bed sharing, but also by not being intoxicated, having that small infant there,” says Sgt. Lund.

Police say the arrest of the mother had been delayed at the request of the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office.