Argument Over Balloons Lands Teen In The Hospital

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A teen is in the hospital and Charles Murphy is one of two people facing charges.

The other is a 14-year-old police have not identified because of their age.

It all started with an argument over balloons and that argument turned violent.

You've probably seen the "It's A Boy” or "It's A Girl" balloons meant to help welcome home a newborn.

Police say someone stole some of those balloons hanging outside a Laurel County home and that's when tempers flared.

Brittany Yaden says friends and family put out several balloons to help welcome home her cousin's newborn baby girl, but at some point, she says some neighborhood boys took them.

She says they brought one back, but the new baby's father, Brad Freeman and friend Shawn Asher went to the house to get the other balloons.

Police say homeowner Charles Murphy hit Shawn Asher in the head with a pipe and a 14 year old boy started beating Asher with a metal baseball bat, leaving Asher with serious injuries.

Police arrested and charged both Murphy and the 14 year old juvenile with assault.

Shawn Asher was listed in critical condition at one point at the UK Medical Center in Lexington.

WYMT-TV was told that his condition has been upgraded to serious and that he's doing better.

The two charged with assault, police say the 14 year old was arraigned Tuesday.

Charles Murphy is expected to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Laurel Circuit Court.


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  • by dee Location: london on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    EAGLE EYE WERE YOU THERE ON THAT PORCH WHEN ALL THIS HAPPENED. THE 18 YEAR OLD WAS NOT PICKED OFF THE PORCH FROM HIS FRIEND. HIS FRIEND GOT SCARED WHEN THE DAD WENT TO THE PORCH TO ASK THEM TO LEAVE. HE WAS HIT BEHIND THE HEAD WITH A POLE FROM A TARP BECAUSE HE CAME BACK ON THE PORCH TOO HIT THE 14 YEAR OLD YOU NEED TO GET THE STORY STRAIGHT . AND WHAT A FRIEND BRAD IS.IF I WERE YOU AND THANK GOD IM NOT I WOULD JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.THESE BOYS CAME ON THIER LAND HIT A 14 YEAR OLD THEY SHOULD BE IN JAIL FOR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR.
  • by eagle eye Location: london on Jun 8, 2007 at 06:19 PM
    well well lisa......he wasnt picked up at the murphy home because his friend drug him off the porch and put him in the car and drove him to the hospital. So i guess you could try again...but you will probably be wrong and it will be funny.. and i believe its good evening.
  • by lisa Location: london, on Jun 7, 2007 at 09:23 PM
    your right i dont know the facts either, but where unconcious, and if so would not the amblance got him at that murphy home . anyway i am not going to try to figure thid out . hopeasher is doing beter was not trying to upset you or make jokes. this is no laughing matter. to think it all started over balloons. he will be in my prayers good night eagle eye
  • by Eagle eye Location: London on Jun 7, 2007 at 02:08 PM
    See FRIEND, you have no clue what your talking about. Asher and Freeman did go to their house uninvited but with intentions of asking for stolen property that was taken from them by the other two tresspassing. Also Asher and Freeman attempted to leave, but was hit in the back of the head. I dont know about you but if i get knocked out from the back when i was leaving, i guess im refusing to leave if im unconscious. So get your facts straight and make an educated comment, instead of a hick joke.
  • by friend Location: ky on Jun 6, 2007 at 02:13 PM
    jazz i could not agree more. if they give two time they should give asher and freeman time too. after all they were trespassing and had no business there.exspecailly when they was asked to leave 4 times and refused.
  • by Eagle Eye Location: London on Jun 5, 2007 at 09:50 PM
    YEAH..YOUR RIGHT, THE WHOLE THING SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. WHY DOES SOMEBODY STEAL BALLOONS FROM SOMEONE ANYWAYS. IS THE BOY WANT TO PLAY WITH THEM OR SOMETHING? KIND OF STRANGE. WHY DOES SOMEONE HIT SOMEBODY IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A POLE AND THEN KEEP HITTING HIM OVER SOME BALLOONS? KIND OF STRANGE THERE TOO. AND HOW DOES SOMEBODY CHOOSE THEIR DESTINY BY GETTING HIT WHEN HIS BACK IS TURNED? THAT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE LOST SOME INTELLIGENCE BY READING THAT COMMENT. WHAT HAS THE WORLD COME TO? IT IS BEING FILLED WITH UNEDUCATED PEOPLE WHO DONT HAVE A FUTURE. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE A WASTE OF SPACE TO HAVE SOME PEOPLE LIKE THAT. AND THE ONLY PEOPLE BLAMING IT ON THEIR PARENTS IS THE BOY WHO DID THE HITTING WITH THE BAT. NOW LISTEN EVERYONE..THIS IS NOT A COMEDY FORUM. COULD YOU PLEASE STOP MAKING ALL THESE JOKES..NOW I KNOW THEY MAY SEEM FUNNY..BUT ALL IN ALL THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER AND YOU SHOULDNT MAKE COMMENTS THAT MAKE NO SENSE SO EVERYONE CAN LAUGH. AND THE ONLY THING UNCIVILLIZED ABOUT THE WHOLE THING PEOPLE IS THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE OUT IN THE WORLD THAT ARE COWARDS AND THEY ARE INTIMIDATED BY OTHERS WHO HAVE A FUTURE SO THEY TRY AND RUIN IT...IT IS SAD AND UNCIVILIZED THAT WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HAVING OUR PROPERTY STOLEN AND THEN GETTING STRUCK IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WHEN ASKIN FOR IT BACK. I GUESS YOU JUST CANT ASSUME THAT ALL PEOPLE HAVE A USEFUL BRAIN THESE DAYS.
  • by AUNT Location: KY on Jun 4, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    EVERYONE CAN SAY WHAT THEY WISH, AND BELIEVE WHAT THEY WANT TOO.THE FAMILEY IS NOT TRASH NOPR VIOLENT PEOPLE.I FEEL BAD THAT THIS HAPPEND FOR BOTH SIDES BUT YOU DONT GO TO SOME ONE HOUSE LOOKING FOR TROUBLE A DUM HICK ,REDNCK, OR HILLYBILLY EVEN KNOWS BETTER. THANK GOD I AM A CITY GIRL AND MORE CIVILIZED THEN MOST. I COULD ASSUME GUESS AND ADD THINGS ALL DAY THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY IS NONE OF US REALLY KNOW WEHAT HAPPEND ONLY THOSE INVOLVED REALLY DO. SO HAVE WE GOT NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN ACT UNCIVILIZED ON HERE ABOUT SOMETHING WE REALLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.I THINKS ITS JUST PLAIN STUPID TO FIGHT OVER BALLOOONS.EVERYONE IS TRYING TO ADD OR TAKE AWAY ,BUT THE REAL BLAME IS BALLOOONS HOW CHILDISH IS PEOPLE GETTING. I AM NOT SAYING EITHER IS GOOD OR BAD WE ALL CHOOSE ARE DESINITY. NO MATTER HOW YOU ARE BROUGHT UP YOU CANT LAY IT ION PARENTS AUNTS AND UNCLES I JUST BELUIEVE THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPEND TO BEGIN WITH.
  • by JAZZ Location: HINKLE on Jun 4, 2007 at 07:31 PM
    I FEEL SORRY FOR BOTH SIDES. THINK BALLOONS BABY HAPPY OCCASSION. TURNS VIOLENT.EITHER SIDE SHOULD HAVE CALLED THE LAWE. INSTEAD OF MAKING TROUBLE WITH THE OTHER. HAVE PEOPLE NOTHING ELSE TOO DO BUT FIGHT HELL THERE A WAR GOING ON IF WE MUST FIGHT DO IT FOR AMERICA NOT AGAINST EACH OTHER. NEIGHBORSARE SOPPOSE TO GET ALONG AND HELP EACH OTHER. I BELIEVE BOTH PARTIES ARE GUILTY AND IF TWO GETS TIME SO SHOULD THE OTHER TOO . GOOD THING I AM NOT THE JUDGE UH.....
  • by barb Location: lexington on Jun 1, 2007 at 09:31 PM
    the 40 year old needs to rott in jail.the mother needs to be there with him,the 14 year old needs to be learned a lesson,because he was probley just turned loose and let run wild.make an example out of him make him think twice before he hits anyone else with a ball bat.
  • by bryan Location: london on May 31, 2007 at 01:05 PM
    well if a 40 year old man is so low to beat a 19 year old kid that has just got out of high school then that is a real man that is realy low !!!!!!!!!!!!and that kid that stole the balloons then he shoud go play pogo :)

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