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Proposed law would make sleeping with infant while drunk a felony


MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, of Randall, is proposing a bill that would make it a felony to injure or kill a child by sleeping with them while intoxicated.

The law would also require new parents and high school students to receive safe-sleep training.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, as of September 25, at least 55 infants have died in Milwaukee since 2009 due to unsafe sleeping conditions. It's not known how many of those adults were intoxicated.

Experts agree the dangers of sleeping with a child, known as co-sleeping, are compounded when infants share a bed with an impaired adult.

Sleeping with a child while impaired by drugs also could lead to prosecution under the bill.

Rep. Kerkman is still seeking co-sponsors for the bill.

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