Charging a mom (or dad) when a co-sleeping death occurs
I'm in WI. Milwaukee has about 10 baby deaths EVERY YEAR due to co-sleeping. 10 deaths in one city in one year! Really it's due to drunken or drugged co-sleeping, not co-sleeping.
The DA has yet to charge any of these moms or care-givers. They've said that co-sleeping is part of the black culture so it'd be wrong to charge them.
The last one the "mom" had been drinking since noon, mixed with pain-killers. The dad woke up with baby at 2am, handed baby to drunk/drugged mom who fell asleep on the couch with the baby. She then killed the child by smothering the baby and had no knowledge b/c she was asleep/drunk and drugged. She has no memory of the dad handing her the baby in the middle of the night.
To me if drugs and alcohol are involved they should be charged and convicted of the death and neglect. If the parent was sober then charge them and investigate even if the charges would be droppped.
EDITED: If sober parent then investigate, and maybe press charges. It should for sure be documented - in case it happens again, the police would know it wasn't the first time. (One of the MIlwaukee cases a few years ago was a drunk mom co-sleeping, killed her baby - and she had done the same thing a few years before. She killed 2 kids by drunk co-sleeping - Unbelievable!)