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Lawmaker proposes bill to make co-sleeping death, injury a felony

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state lawmaker says Milwaukee's latest co-sleeping death is a perfect example of why the practice should be a crime in some cases. 

Authorities said Monday that a six-month-old girl died while her mother was under the influence of alcohol -- and she gave conflicting stories to police about what happened. 

The girl was the 11th in Milwaukee to die this year from unsafe sleeping conditions. 

Assembly Republican Samantha Kerkman of Powers Lake proposed a bill last week that would make it a felony to harm or kill a child by co-sleeping with a youngster while intoxicated. Kerkman tells WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee that co-sleeping under the influence is like driving under the influence. 

In her words, "You have a choice to do it." 

Kerkman is seeking co-sponsors for her bill, which is not as strict as one she proposed in the past that went nowhere. She hopes her new measure -- and the latest Milwaukee co-sleeping death -- will convince her colleagues to support children who don't have a say in their own safety.