Murder case goes to grand jury in newborn death

LAGRANGE, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky judge has sent a murder
charge to a grand jury in the case of a woman accused of
suffocating her newborn in a prison restroom.

Oldham District Judge Jerry Crosby bound over the case after a
hearing Wednesday in LaGrange.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported a Kentucky State
Police detective testified 20-year-old Ashley Nicole Cox of Corbin
was visiting an inmate at the Roederer Correctional Complex near
LaGrange on March 7 when she excused herself, saying she wasn't
feeling well. A nurse later found the infant in a bag that had been
sent to the medical wing after the restroom was cleaned up.

KSP Detective Todd Harwood testified the infant's mouth was
stuffed full of toilet paper and a medical examiner ruled the child
suffocated after being born healthy at 6 pounds, 9 ounces.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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