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Wisconsin police recommend charges in baby's death

OSKHOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Police are recommending prosecutors charge an Omro woman with drunken driving and homicide after rescuers found her infant son in an SUV that was partially submerged in the Fox River.

OSKHOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Police are recommending prosecutors charge an Omro woman with drunken driving and homicide after rescuers found her infant son in an SUV that was partially submerged in the Fox River.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department issued a statement Monday saying they are recommending charges of operating while under the influence and homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle against 27-year-old Kayla Westenberger.

Deputies responded to a Town of Rushford boat landing Saturday night following a 911 call. They found 8-month-old Richard Westenberger in a Ford Explorer that was nearly underwater.

The infant was later pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning.

Online jail records indicate Kayla Westenberger was in custody Monday afternoon. It was unclear whether she had an attorney.

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Sheriff's officials declined to offer any additional details. The state public defender's office in Oshkosh also declined comment.

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