Not Guilty Plea From Mother Whose Baby Ingested Cocaine

A Boyle County woman whose son was found to have cocaine in his system made a court appearance this morning.

Ashley Carrier had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf.

Carrier and her sister, Jessica Coffman, face felony assault and wanton endangerment charges.

18-month old Ty Willhite spent several days at Kentucky Children's Hospital after testing positive for cocaine.

Both sisters will be back in court tomorrow for a preliminary hearing.

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  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 5, 2007 at 11:49 AM
    Yes Sgt. Howard, I am. You obviously don't know the difference in a grand jury and a jury at trial, so there is no point in debating with you.
  • by SGT Howard Location: KY on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:36 PM
    Not true Bart, you can waive your right to a trial by jury and plead guilty on the spot and the judge can decide your time and punishment then. if you are charged with a felony you would not stand before a judge in prelim in a district court to start with, are you sure on your facts?
  • by confused Location: ky on Oct 4, 2007 at 04:58 PM
    Okay, now-I realize that the mom is a fault here, however it goes WAY beyond her! Our whole society has become "drug addicts" and blame dodgers! Then, our state of Ky wants to sue the drug manufacturere of Oxycotin-PLEASE!!! When is it all going to STOP??? Drug addicted parents, dead beat dads (where is this baby's dad???) and moms! Where are we headed to??? Until people start taking responsibility for their actions and RESPONSBILITIES we will just see more and more of this.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 4, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    Carol, the reason why is that the judge in district court looks at the charges and the evidence to see if there is "probable cause" that the crime was committed. Sometimes police will charge someone with a felony when the correct charge would be a misdemeanor. This often happens with crimes that have varying degrees (1st degree, 2nd degree and so forth). Police really know very little about the law when compared to attorneys. The general idea for them is "we'll arrest them and let the lawyers sort it out." These are the steps that a felony will go through: arraignment in d.c.--> preliminary hearing in d.c.--> indictment by the grand jury --> arraignment in circuit court --> pretrial conference --> trial --> sentencing. Some of these steps can be repeated especially the conferences in circuit. Look at old man Caldwell in Danville. And of course you have appeals. I am by no means suggesting these women are innocent, but that is how the system works.
  • by Carol Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 4, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    Bart, if this is the case, why even have the case in district court? The only thing it can do is move to the Grand Jury anyway.
  • by me Location: somewhere on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:21 AM
    You are so true Bart, everyone that has a felony and wants his day in court must plead not guilty it is the structure of our court system. But the ones that pleads guilty wavering the grand jury can go straight to jail not passing go not getting 200$... LOL... Just like the board game. If the woman had the drugs and which I am pretty sure she did she should have at least had enough sense to put it out of the reach of her child. Better yet put her child out of her REACH! Can't be much of a mother while you lay wasted on drugs!
  • by c Location: fkt on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:18 AM
    Not guilty? This woman is just wasting taxpayer's money! Who's fault is it then? The baby's? Get Real! If there were no drugs in the house, then the child would not have ingested it! She is guilty and doesn't want to take responsibility for her actions! But that's typical today, this is the: IT'S NOT MY FAULT generation! Always blame someone else! The sad truth is, she will get a slap on the wrist and the baby will be returned to her so she can finish the job of killing him! That's the American way these days. Baby the criminals, ignore the victims, and call that justice! She and her sister, should be taken out, forced to ingest so much cocaine that they overdose and die, then they will not be around to hurt that baby again! If American doesn't start getting tough on criminals, then pretty soon, the rest of us will all be victims of some crime or another! To all the criminals, why don't you go after the judges, lawyers, and their families! I bet you will get what's coming to you then!
  • by johnny Location: evarts on Oct 4, 2007 at 04:19 AM
    if the woman had crack in the house it was her fault small childern will get into any thing she was not much of a mother i wonder what they will do with kid i hope some good famley will get him
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg KY on Oct 2, 2007 at 03:15 PM
    Well Sgt. Howard, most people do not know this and the news media of course does not point it out, but you CANNOT enter a guilty plea in district court to a felony. The case has to be passed to the grand jury for indictment and then sent to circuit court which handles felonies. A preliminary hearing is held in order for a district court judge to determine if there is probably cause that a crime has been committed. If so then it is passed to the grand jury. These are all parts of every American's constitutional rights.
  • by Mrs. Brock Location: Harlan County on Oct 2, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    A woman that needs to do drugs does not need a child! Anyone that thinks they need drugs needs to be put away!!!!!!!!!
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