Baby Abandoned At Kentucky Courthouse; Mother Pleads Not Guilty

By: Jermont Terry Email
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A young mother accused of leaving her baby outside a Kentucky courthouse says she's not guilty.

Stacey Johnson was in court Tuesday morning on a charge of child endangerment.

Police say the 22-year-old Breathitt County woman left her 9-month-old daughter strapped in her car seat outside the Powell County courthouse.

An inmate, working inside the courthouse, says Johnson came up to her around 1:30 Monday afternoon, and asked if she would watch the baby.

The inmate refused, saying she was too busy with work.

About 15 minutes later, the inmate says she noticed the baby in a car seat on the courthouse steps.

The baby is now in protective custody.

Johnson, who is from Breathitt County, was also charged with public intoxication.

27 NEWSFIRST spoke with Johnson's family, they say she loves children and the only reason this happened is because she was using drugs.

Johnson will be back in court next month.

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  • by Johnny Maco Location: Jackson KY on Mar 28, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    I'd like everyone to know that both Stacey@Joshlyn are doing great. Stacey has been clean/sober for over 2yrs now,getting her life together,and Joshlyn is spending alot of time with her mother. Some of you here are so quick to judge people before you know the whole story.The Bible states: Judge not and not be judged. If ya don't know what it's like to be an addict then you should keep your mouth shut.Stacey did indeed love her baby,but drugs had taken over her life.I know what she was going through,ya see I'm recovering from a 20yr addiction to drugs/alcohol and once it takes over your life,there isnt much hope,except in Jesus Christ,whom Stacey and I were praying to every night before this all took place.So,ya see this has all been in the hands of our Loving Father since before the world began.Romans 8:28 states that"All things work together from good" So,there you have it,although this seems like a bad thing,it is actually,the good work of our LOVING GOD! I will always love them both!
  • by anon Location: ky on Aug 4, 2007 at 03:31 PM
    People have rough times, I raised my DS baby by myself for three years after his father ran out. But I never took any drugs, I knew my child needed me and his needs came before mine.
  • by brenda johnson Location: northlake ill on Aug 2, 2007 at 08:33 PM
    i am the mother of stacey johnson, the girl who left the baby on the court house steps.and i would like to reply about the things people are saying on the internet. stacey has came from a good home,until her father died ,and it depressed her ,after my husband died,me lost our home,our cars,and depression can do anything to you. i had to come to chicago to make a new life for myself,my children,and my grandbaby. while i've been up here things have gotten worse,until i get my ssi.while i was gone odbviously she got in deeper depression trying to take care of the baby by her,dont judge my daughter because one day your children in her shoes.
  • by Disabled Location: Formerly of KY on Aug 2, 2007 at 04:01 PM
    A member of my family has a drug addiction, she is still in a "so-called re-hab". She became addicted to oxycodone in college by joining the wrong crowd and wanting to fit in. Her parents did everything they could to help her arranged re-hab etc, but she wouldn't attend that one and went to a state funded one because they only gave her methadone to curb her craving and didn't demand counseling. Why do re-hab programs just change the drug of addiction instead of getting them off all of them? This seems like a no win situation. Also some kids who went to high schol with my daughter has been in and out of these so-called re-habs without success, not just KY but all states need a new system to deal with addiction. People have to first want to stay clean to do it.
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Aug 2, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    What? A woman in Powell County on drugs????Oh goodness me, say it aint so!
  • by chrisann Location: lowmansville on Aug 1, 2007 at 06:44 PM
    Find this poor child a decent home. Anyone who's ever seen "Night of the Living Dead" knows what this mom is. This human parasitism is destroying our culture and society.
  • by anonymus Location: ky on Aug 1, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    Hopefully the mother never sees this child again. This is a special needs child. It needs to be receiving therapy and lots of love. The mother had a choice to take drugs or take care of her child.
  • by kay Location: ky on Aug 1, 2007 at 12:51 PM
    for you people that keep saying,at least she left it in a safe place.did you all ever stop and think how many child molesters walk in and out of the courthouse a day.would have been easy for them to grab the baby and tell the inmate they were family.i am sure the police dept,or social service dept would have been much safer.i do not feel sorry for anyone who chooses to do or deal with drugs.people get robbed,,,murdered,,raped everyday by the hands of drug addicts,and people intend to feel sorry for them.what about the innocent people like this beautiful baby.but innocent people have no chance in this drug raged world.i just hope she never gets her hands on this little girl again,and should be the law that she get's fixed to have no more.
  • by jake Location: ky on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    you know for those of you who take up for someone like this it's absolutly crazy...and for those of you who are must not have any doesn't matter if that baby is left on the presidents dorsteps when you walk off and leave it alone that is could anyone leave a 9 month baby by itself in their right mind or not..that is just crazy and drugs is just an excuse...and they say she loves children well then maybe she should have got some help before it got this bad for her childs sake
  • by delia Location: campton on Aug 1, 2007 at 10:20 AM
    This seems to be a common story. Women who are too young to be having babies. Women who have no income,except of course,welfare. Women who have drug or alcohol problems. And where is the father?She'll probably and should lose custody of this child but in a year will just have another one.


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