Illinois couple facing charges in baby's death

BELLEVILLE - Southern Illinois authorities say two parents have been charged in the death of their newborn baby.

Authorities say Ashlee Bridger, 26, and Darius Pierce, 20, have been charged with felony child endangerment in the death of 20-day-old Malikai Bridger.

According to Swansea Police Chief Make Arnold, Bridger and Pierce were drunk when they went to sleep in the bed with the baby on July 10.  Arnold says during the night, one of the parents rolled onto the baby, and that the baby was not breathing when the parents woke up.  Arnold also says Bridger and Pierce called 911, but responders couldn't revive the newborn.

Authorities say the baby died of asphyxiation.  Both Bridger and Pierce are being held in St. Clair County Jail on $15,000 bond.

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