By Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2020

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - A 21-year-old woman has been charged in Sauk County with felony child neglect in the overdose death of her 1-year-old daughter.

According to a criminal complaint, the child died in February of 2019 after ingesting a large amount of an anti-depressant medication prescribed to her mother, Mariah Gay.

The woman told investigators the toddler was able to crawl out of her crib and must have done so while she was sleeping. Gay said her daughter apparently pulled her bag containing pills from the top of a dresser onto the floor.

The complaint says a detective who found Gay’s room in Spring Green in disarray also discovered three white pills on a pile of children’s toys and clothing, the State Journal reported.

The charge against Gay carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years and fines of up to $100,000. Gay is scheduled for an initial appearance Oct. 21 in Sauk County Circuit Court. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

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