MILWAUKEE (WRN) - A Milwaukee woman is due in court Wednesday on charges that she crushed a baby to death while sleeping for the second time in 2 years. 30-year-old Rose Prescott is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the death of her 6-day-old daughter Ceianna Buchanan on March 8th. Police quoted Prescott as saying she was too drunk to remember the incident. Another of her daughters, 2-month-old Brianna Buchanan-Prescott, died in April of last year while they slept together. And a half-sister of the 2 victims, 5-month-old Cierra Buchanan, died in 1993 while sleeping with a grandmother. The Journal Sentinel said the state run Child Welfare Bureau in Milwaukee knew about Brianna’s death but did nothing. And the case never came to light before, due to confidentiality laws. The state Department of Children and Families said it couldn’t respond at the time because it was never informed of what was going on. A few weeks ago, both houses of the Legislature unanimously passed a bill to prevent such secrecy in the future. It requires officials to disclose certain details of deaths and serious injuries caused by child abuse. Also, the Journal Sentinel said Prescott apparently gave false job information to qualify for $1,300 a week in state funded child care. And after the most recent baby death in March, she reportedly went to work for several day care centers until she was laid off in September.
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