12-month-old girl found dead in same home where two-month-old K’Dyn Carson died in 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- On Tuesday night, February, 16th, a baby was discovered dead in a home near 35th and Hampton. Another death that happened in Milwaukee on Tuesday has family ties to the death of a two-month-old baby boy that happened back in 2014. It turns out both of these babies died in the same house, with some of the same family members present.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death of a 12-month-old girl -- found dead in a home near 15th and Nash. The child was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m.

Initial reports indicated the child was sleeping with two adults on a partially inflated air mattress.

On Wednesday night, February 17th, there were prayers for one-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, known affectionately as Leya to her mother.

Vigil for one-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

Vigil for one-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

Helen Jackson

Helen Jackson

"Everybody who ever know her, met her, seen her -- she make everybody happy," Helen Jackson said.

The medical examiner's report in this case indicated the baby girl was sleeping in an air mattress with her father and her father's girlfriend.

Family members reported the girl had been congested and wheezing consistently the night before.

"When I saw her lying there, she just looked asleep. Her hand was freezing cold, and I just knew she was gone," Jackson said.

One-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

One-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

According to investigators, residents inside the home near 15th and Nash allegedly left the oven on overnight to provide heat.

"They still have to run more tests with the carbon monoxide but it wasn`t no foul play or suffocation," Jackson said.

Sheree Wimberly

Sheree Wimberly

Sadly, the home near 15th and Nash is the same home were two-month-old K'Dyn Carson died in October of 2014. K'Dyn and Leya are cousins -- and some of the same relatives were inside the home during both of these deaths.

K'Dyn's grandmother, Sheree Wimberly was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison just last Friday, February 12th for K'Dyn's death. Prosecutors say she was drunk when she got into a bed with the child and the boy's mother.

"I never knew getting intoxicated and getting into bed with my daughter and my grandson K'Dyn would damage our lives forever," Wimberly said.

Now, there is more grief for a family still raw with emotion.

"I`m hurt because I feel like my happiness is being taken away from me," Jackson said.

Milwaukee police are investigating the carbon monoxide levels in the home.

One-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

One-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

Jackson insists her baby did not have any pre-existing health conditions.

The preliminary manner of death in this case has been ruled "undetermined" by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

One-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

One-year-old Cataleya Wimberly, found dead February 16th near 15th and Nash

9 comments

  • Leo marvin

    I hear lets “roll back to the crib” all the time in the city. Does it translate to let’s go back to our home or does it indicate that the whole house is a crib. Only the poor little children suffer because of entitlement beasts living off the dole.

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  • Bean

    These idiots need to have all their children taken away from them.
    Can’t even use a crib for their babies like normal people. Ugh.

  • Opinion8d

    ‘Jackson insists that baby didn’t have any preexisting health conditions’ -yeah, except for being born into a poor, uneducated, unfit, inner city ‘family’ -I hate to even use that word.

  • Lorett

    Seems like these inner city folks always ready to protest and hold vigils. How about live your lives more responsibly and you would not have to do half of those.

  • Lorett

    If the baby had trouble breathing the night before she died WHY the “grownups” in the house didn’t bother to monitor her during the night???!!! Guess it would have crossed their plans to get wasted.

    • Lifa

      can yall please stop talking about my family like that we just took a lost and all yall can do is down talk shut up man

  • common sense

    Having children is not a right, it is a privilege. These people should be barred from caring for and having any additional children.
    It is simply baffling why a license is required to operate a potential deadly weapon like a car, but not required to create and bring fragile life into this world.

  • sggriff

    This is poverty. This family could not afford heat (they used an oven), they could not afford a bed (they had an air mattress), so OF COURSE they could not afford a crib! I can’t think of a more unsafe sleeping condition for a congested baby than on an air mattress (far less firm and stable than a real mattress) between two adults. Why didn’t someone call social services, knowing the living conditions and how the first baby died? It does seem likely that substance abuse might be involved, because otherwise they should have had been able to get government help for things like money, nutrition and a crib. This just should not have happened; this baby slipped through the cracks. :(

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