Mother Ordered To Appear In Court

For the first time, a woman accused of abandoning her baby on a doorstep appears in court.

Lexington police charged Ashley Stephens back in July, after a woman found a day-old-baby in a laundry basket outside her home.

She is charged with abandonment of a minor.

On Wednesday morning, Stephens attempted to have the case waived to the grand jury without her client having to show up in person, but the judge would not allow it.

He ruled that despite the high-profile nature of the case, Stephens had to show her face.

After Stephens made her appearance, the judge waved the case to the grand jury. It will be up to jurors to decide if the case warrants criminal charges.

Stephens did not comment after her court appearance. She was escorted out of a side door very quickly following the proceedings.

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  • by Caring Mom Location: Reality on Sep 11, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    char62, totally agree with you, people need to quit making excuses for her.
  • by Angry Location: Florida on Sep 11, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    All of you who think she shouldn't be charged are a disgrace to society. She is old enough to know that leaving a baby on a door step is wrong. If she didn't think it was wrong then she needs counseling and punishment. Yes, at lease she didn't hurt it, but come on people, she should be punished for abandoning this poor baby! There is no excuse for this and hopefully it does scare young women and make them realize there are consequences for their stupid actions!
  • by Concerned Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    Though in a state of desperation, this mother put her child in a location where she knew it would be found and cared for. She should receive counseling, not punishment. Save punishment for those who kill their children or put them in danger of dying. There are thousands of families in KY who would gladly take this child into their lives and be wonderful parents. Charging this mother with a crime when other mothers in the same situation make the choice to murder their children seems very unjust. I agree with Leslie, this will make other mothers hesitate to leave their babies in a safe place.
  • by Angie Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2008 at 05:41 AM
    Ya know they say she should have taken him to a "SAFE " place, well usually these young mothers don't know of the SAFE places...I can say i am a mother and I had no Idea at that age that there were such places....I agree she should not be charged due to she did the BEST she knew to do...however if she wanted to give him up for adoption, I know several people that can't have children and would have loved to have him. Good Luck Ashlee, I wish u the Best.
  • by Rhonda Location: Johnson on Sep 11, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    It's not right that she left this baby this way. But I do have to say that at least she did leave the baby in a good neighborhood for someone to care for properly and love this child. She obviously felt unable to do those things. So I agree partly with "Whitney in Lex." she didn't kill the baby or put it in a dumpster to die, like so many others have done in the near past, she was trying to give it a chance to live. I hope they placed the child somewhere where it will be loved as no other!! I am wondering though if she knew the people at the place where she left the baby, and what exactly did make her leave it at this location. and just for curiosity, her reason for leaving the baby.
  • by Mommy Location: Irvine on Sep 10, 2008 at 10:35 PM
    At least she was kind enough to place the baby in a basket and liveit somewhere she thought would take better care of it. It should be considered an act of love not an act of abandument.
  • by Shocked Location: Lexington on Sep 10, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    Was this girl really joking around and laughing in court when she is charged with felony abandonment of a minor? She does'nt appear to be taking it very seriously.
  • by Rhonda Location: KY on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    You go Judge! She should have to show her face in public & she should have to face criminal charges! There are too many families that would have gladly taken this child. It's too bad KY doesn't have a law to charge people with "stupidity", but then our jails & prisons would definitely be overrun!
  • by Kev Location: Pikeville on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    I have to agree, at least she did try to give the baby to a home. She could have just as easily disposed of it in a garbage can or worse. I dont condone her abandoning the child, but things could have been alot worse.
  • by Anonymous Location: Nicholasville on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    I would have taken it for her no questions asked... We have 5 of our own... Whats one more.... I am glad that she didnt harm the baby and wish the baby well....
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