Daughter of WI state lawmaker behind bars

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The daughter of Wisconsin state lawmaker John Nygren and her boyfriend are behind bars.

The couple faces charges in the drug overdose death of a pregnant woman, as well as the death of her unborn child.

The two were arrested this week and face reckless homicide and other charges.

They're accused of selling the drugs that proved fatal. The Brown County Sheriff's Office says the investigation began back in June.

“The report of a pulseless non-breathing female, who is believed to be approximately six months pregnant”, says Chief Deputy Todd Delain. “Upon arrival of members of the Brown County Sheriff's Office and Green Bay Metro Fire and Rescue, it was determined that the female was deceased.”

The woman has been identified as 32-year-old Jennifer Skeen.

Earlier this year, Governor Scott Walker signed into law a series of bills championed by representative Nygren, aimed at combating heroin and opioid abuse.

They were inspired by Cassie Nygren's own struggle with drug addiction.

The family has been open about the 28 year-old's drug use, which led to convictions of possession of narcotic drugs in 2015 and 2010.



 
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