Milwaukee: Two robbery suspects and child drown in Milwaukee river after police chase
This Jan. 1, 2019 screen shot from WISN-TV shows authorities pulling out an SUV from the Kinnickinnic River, a day after it crashed into the river during a police chase. A toddler, her young mother and a man died when their vehicle drove into a frigid river while being chased by the Milwaukee Police. (WISN-TV via AP)
MILWAUKEE (AP) 01/03 — Authorities say a 19-year-old pregnant woman, her toddler and a man all drowned when their car crashed into a Milwaukee river during a police chase.
The three who died Monday evening in the Kinnickinnic River have been identified as 19-year-old Shannon Nehmer, her 2-year-old daughter Annamelia Hernandez, and 29-year-old Charles Barefield, who was driving.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said Thursday that they died from asphyxia due to fresh-water drowning and that Nehmer was several weeks pregnant.
Milwaukee Police Department Assistant Chief Steve Caballero speaks to the media on Wednesday, Jan.2, 2019, in Milwaukee about a car that crashed into a river while eluding police Monday night. A toddler, her mother, and a man in the vehicle died. Police had tried to stop the vehicle because it matched the description of a car used in two armed robberies. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno)
Police officers had initiated a traffic stop because the Chevy Trailblazer matched the description of a car used in two armed robberies earlier that day. When the car fled, police chased it.
The robbery victims said two men and a woman were involved. Police say the third suspect is in custody.
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