A Wausau woman whose sister was convicted of allowing her baby to die while she was on a methamphetamine binge has now been accused of putting her own toddler in danger while high on meth.
Wausau police officers were called at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 1100 block of West Bridge Street for a report of a woman running around outside with an infant who was not properly clothed, according to a police report. The woman, later identified as Kassandra Kasten, 23, told officers that she had injected methamphetamine into her arm, was hallucinating and could not remember anything for the past few hours, police said.
The woman and child were taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for a checkup. The infant’s grandmother took custody of the child when no injuries were found, police said. Kasten was taken to jail on a charge of child neglect and is scheduled to appear this afternoon in Marathon County Circuit Court.
Kassandra Kasten is the sister of Jessica Kasten, 29, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence on a felony child neglect charge in connection with the death of her infant son.
Jessica Kasten, whose case drew widespread attention and earned her the nickname “meth mom,” admitted to Wausau police in April 2007 that she smoked meth and then crashed into an 18-hour sleep. When she awoke, she found her 6-month-old son was not breathing.