La Crosse mother charged with drug crimes after daughter dies at North Side house

La Crosse mother charged with drug crimes after daughter dies at North Side house

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Prosecutors Thursday filed drug charges against a La Crosse mother found with methamphetamine after her daughter’s death early Monday on the city’s North Side.

Roberta Draheim


Roberta Draheim, 50, is charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court with possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Draheim called 911 about 3:30 a.m. Monday when she found her daughter, Britney Masewicz, unresponsive in bed with her two young children at their shared home, according to La Crosse police reports.

She told police that her daughter was searching for heroin the evening before to ease tooth pain.

“My daughter is dead,” Draheim told dispatchers. “It’s heroin. I know it’s heroin.”

Efforts to revive Masewicz were unsuccessful. She was 25.

Draheim was inconsolable and uncooperative with officers, who believed she was under the influence of a drug, reports stated.

Police found 12 grams of meth and drug paraphernalia throughout the house and small bags with trace amounts of meth and a BB gun in Draheim’s bedroom, according to the criminal complaint. Officers also found a plastic bag with a residue consistent with heroin in the living room.

An autopsy done on Masewicz revealed no obvious cause of death, and toxicology results could take up to three weeks, La Crosse County Medical Examiner Tim Candahl said.

Prosecutors said in court that Draheim could face a first-degree reckless homicide charge, which holds drug dealers accountable in fatal overdose cases, depending on the toxicology results and criminal investigation.

Draheim, who does not have a criminal record, is free on a $5,000 signature bond.


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