Police Arrest Woman For Abandoning Baby On Porch

Lexington police have arrested a woman they say left an infant on the porch of a home on Wednesday morning.

The newborn baby was left in a laundry basket with blankets inside at the home on Lincoln Avenue. That's off Richmond Road near downtown.

The woman who lives in the home found the baby boy. Police say there was also a note in the basket.

The baby was taken to the hospital, but is said to be doing OK.

On Thursday, police arrested 23-year-old Ashley Stephens. She's being treated at an area hospital.

Police have charged Stephen with Abandonment of a Minor, a class D felony. If convicted, she could spend between one and five years behind bars.

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  • by another anonymous Location: Lexington on Oct 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM
    I knew this girl. Not really well, but I waited on her daily at my job. We had many pleasant conversations and I was pregnant the same time she was, but she never told me she was pregnant. And she did not look it at all! For all of you out there that just want to blame everyone in her life for not knowing, just remember that this is not the only person ever in history to successfully conceal their pregnancy. I would have been glad to help her or support her in any way if I had known. No one can help you if you don't let them. I do not judge her, but as a new mom, I have such deep grief for her and for her child. Children are precious, no matter how much they change your life. I just wish she had given it up for adoption instead. You are in my prayers Ashley.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2008 at 04:03 AM
  • by anonymous Location: lexington on Jul 8, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    There are so many stories of women that find themselves in this situation that make the decision to take the hard road,seek prenatal care and put the baby first during their pregnancy. I wish they would start publishing stories about those women to inspire others in this situation as role models instead of this outcome. I do feel sorry for this girl because she obviously did not have good friends or a good family situation that she felt safe enough to do the right thing before it got to this. But for this one isolated situation there are so many that made different choices when confronted with the same situation. We should publicize those as an option.
  • by Lucy Location: Louisville on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:48 AM
    You obviously are in a position as you have said to know what kind of a person this girl is. Were you not in a position to realize she was pregnant and do something? Where was everyone and if they did realize she was pregnant.Why did'nt they help her or let her know about her options. Did no one realize she was pregnant.This case justs seems so strange to me. Where is the father in all of this.
  • by KT Location: Lexington on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    Did none of her friends, family or co-workers see that she was pregnant and try to intervene. It is apparent by some of these posts that people that know her are on here. Just curious. How can a girl go this far along without anyone noticing she was pregnant?
  • by re: anonymous Location: Lexington on Jul 7, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    it looks like you're a coworker, since you know her schedule and all. are you part of a "wonderful support system"? it doesn't look that way, judging by what you say publicly here. i'm glad i am in a position to know better than you apparently do what kind of person she is, and know that she was confused, desperate, feeling alone, and didn't know about safe haven laws. an unintended pregnancy is the nightmare of every woman of childbearing age; are you a man, a child, or a woman so long post-menopausal that you can't have any compassion for the frightening situation she was in?
  • by Brad Location: Salyersville on Jul 7, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    I can't believe there are so many different opinions here. The fact is she left her infant child on the doorstep of someones home. Granted, she could have left it somewhere where it most likely would not have been found, but thank the good Lord in Heaven she did not. But the fact is, she left her child. There is a problem that we do not know about, no normal person would do this to any child especially your own. Keep her and the baby in you prayers.
  • by Sarah Location: West Kentucky on Jul 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    Most scared, pregnant girls do not realize the Safe Infants Act was passed to prevent situations like this. A biological parent may anonymously leave a newborn infant that is less than seventy-two (72) hours old with an emergency medical services provider, hospital, police station, or fire station and not be criminally prosecuted for abandonment. This includes a newborn that was delivered in the hospital by a biological mother who wants to remain anonymous. However, the guarantees of anonymity and immunity from prosecution will not apply if the infant has been physically abused or neglected after birth. I do believe this act needs to be better publicized on college campuses, guidance offices in high schools, health departments, hospitals, and even grocery stores. If an expecting mother reads this article and believes it is better to kill their child than being charged with abandonment for leaving their newborn, then they need to remember that murder is also against the law in Kentucky.
  • by anonymous Location: Lexington on Jul 6, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    There are a lot of REAL facts in this case before everyone starts feeling so sorry for this girl. 1) She has a good job.2) She has a good support system.3) She has medical insurance. 4) She could take maternity leave 5) MANY people asked her for months if she was pregnant, they BEGGED her and she lied. Said "Would I be drinking and smoking this much if I was pregnant".Said her feelings were hurt that people kept asking that.6) Her priorities were partying and she was much more upset about "the Dame" closing than about this baby.7) She wore a "baby band" to conceal the pregnancy 8)She gave birth on her only off day of the week. What are the odds of that? 9)What would she have done if there had been complications 10) She went to work HAPPY at noon the same day she abandoned him on the porch.11) She did not turn herself in.
  • by RKB on Jul 5, 2008 at 10:59 PM
    If this woman goes to jail for 5 yrs. the next girl who finds herself in this positon may just kill her baby and leave it in a dumpster or restroom like we have seen in the past. Go easy on this girl. She loved the baby enough to leave it with blankets and a note.


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