Woman charged in newborn death

      A 39-year-old Whitewater woman is facing felony charges after allegedly neglecting a child, leading to its death.

      Santos Asucena Caseres Cruz was charged in Jefferson County Circuit Court last week in the case of the newborn found dead in a Whitewater field.

      Caseres Cruz is facing one count of neglecting a child with the consequence of death, and another count of attempting to move, hide or bury a corpse.

      The first is a Class D felony, the second a Class F felony. Combined, the two could lead to more than 37 years in jail and fines of $125,000.

She appeared in court March 28 by video. A $10,000 cash bond was set, along with conditions that Caseres Cruz surrender any passport, not leave Jefferson County and comply with GPS monitoring.
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