Daughter of state representative facing drug, homicide charges

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 12, 2017

Twenty-eight-year-old Cassandra Nygren was being held Wednesday in the Brown County jail on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs and manufacture/delivery of heroin, among other charges. Besides the two felony reckless homicide charges, she is to make her initial appearance on felony charges of manufacture deliver heroin, maintain drug trafficking place - unsafe drugs, possess with intent to deliver non-narcotics - amphetamine and possession of narcotic drugs - opium/derative possession, along with misdemeanor charges of neglecting a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"We are asking that if anyone is involved in the illegal use of drugs, call the Brown County Tip Line or Green Bay Crime Stoppers", Todd Delain, chief deputy with the Brown County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. They have the same Green Bay address, according to online court records. Delain would not say who overdosed.

Probable cause was developed during an investigation and interviews, officials said.

Nygren has had a public battle with heroin abuse for almost 10 years. She was convicted of possession of narcotic drugs in 2015 and 2010, according to WLUK.

Both subjects are expected to make initial court appearances Thursday afternoon.

Cassandra has had a public battle with addiction, prompting her father, Rep. Nygren, to spearhead many laws fighting opioid abuse in Wisconsin. There are no words that we as a family can offer to give any real comfort for the tragic loss.

"To the family and friends of the victims of this tragedy, please know that you are in our prayers and that our hearts are heavy", Nygren said in his statement.

He also talked about his daughter's struggle for several years with addition and recovery.

John Nygren said his daughter's arrest is an example of "the disastrous and destructive consequences" of addiction and a "strong reminder of how fragile the road to recovery is".

"In this time of extreme sadness and sorrow, I request that privacy and respect be extended to those grieving from their loss".

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