Neighbors Outraged After 18-Month Old Tests Positive For Cocaine

A mother and aunt face serious charges this morning after Danville Police say a toddler ingested drugs.

The 18-month old's mother told police the child was stumbling and acting strangely. After running tests at the hospital, the boy tested positive for cocaine.

When police went to search the boy's home on Chestnut street, his aunt refused to let them inside the home.

His mother, 20-year old Ashley Carrier, and his aunt, 24-year old Jessica Coffman, were both charged with first degree assault and wanton endangerment.

The toddler is now at Kentucky Children's Hospital.


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  • by Laura Location: georgetown on Sep 28, 2007 at 11:51 PM
    To family friend and Dee...where were you both while this was happening? Doing cocaine isn't a lets do it tonite thing. If your both so close to this family where were you while this child was being exposed to it?
  • by paul Location: lex on Sep 28, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    whew.. as i read through all of these comments i couldn't help to think, why politicize this, and why trash Danville..Get a grip people.. I seriously doubt these women "gave" that baby cocaine. Leaving it where a kid could get to it is one thing, having it is another. If this kid would have gotten into a bottle of asprin, or chewable vitamins, we wouldn't be having this discussion. I just hope the mother and the aunt get help with their addictions, and that baby has a safe enviroment to grow up in..Let the courts pass judgement...Those of you debating abortion, and birth control are as bad as the person that says execute her..There's a witch burn her!!!
  • by Kim Location: MT.Sterling on Sep 27, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    I pray the baby is doing fine. I just want to let people know that when a child is placed in someone elses custody they do a very thoughrow back ground check to make sure that the child is going into a home that will give the child everything the child needs. I know this for a fact. Because I have custody of three children who are my nieces and nephew, and they done a background check all the way to my elementary years. I'm glad they do, that way the children are very well taking care of. If you have anything, even a AI charge you cannot get custody. After 6 months I got full custody because the parents refused rehab. I'm glad they did because I wouldn't take the world for my babies.
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 27, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    Actually, Dee, these children who are being abused, neglected, and raised by who knows who are the same generation as my grandchildren and will grow up in their society, so it does become my concern. This is one of many, many kids that we're reading about who are being raised in households with absolutely no values or morals, and who are destined to follow the parental cycle and become drug addicted, teenage parents, and throw their children to other members of the family or the state. The chance of these kids who are abandoned by their parents, don't know their parents, live in drug ridden conditions and ingest narcotics or get beaten or abused by moms and/or boyfriends of moms, growing up to be normal, productive citizens is so slim. As far as comments go, if no one expressed their thoughts or opinions, there would be no postings, including yours.
  • by clint Location: ky on Sep 27, 2007 at 06:29 AM
    Dee, who died and let you in charge of the comments? "Mind your own business"?, ok let's stick to the subject. Apparently, these people are friends of yours. So, tell us Dee, how do you think you're friends child got ahold of cocaine? As far as the question, "would you want strangers to have him?' Well, as long as the strangers didn't have cocaine laying around like his mother and aunt, then yes I would. It's unfortunate, but if you're going to get yoru feeling hurt by reading the comments, then don't. The truth hurts.
  • by angie Location: ky on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    i am still upset over the teacher who left her child in the Hot car all day to die and got off free! i have a 13 yr old and a 11 month old and i have never forgotten either of them for a quick second so sorry lady i don't buy your story you think cause you worked for a school and delivered cupcakes to other kids that your specail and shouldn't get punished for killing a child well the system is screwed up somewhere!she will pay in the end!
  • by Dee Location: KY on Sep 26, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    Mel, That has nothing to do with this case, mind your own business. Which aunt is Ty placed with. Great Aunt maybe? His grandmother Linda is a great lady and so is his Great Aunt Lisa and I am sure they will do whats right by the child. people, if you have never been in this situation of having a family member taken from your family at no fault of your own, you need to stay out of it and not judge how someone in the childs family feels or would do with the child. Imagine this being your grandchild, would you want strangers to have him?
  • by Beth Location: West KY on Sep 26, 2007 at 01:27 PM
    As a social worker, I would like to say that it is very different from county to county with Social Services and the Court Systems; there is supposed to be uniformity. Hopefully, the mother and aunt will serve extensive jail time, and the child will be taking care of by responsible relatives that actually have a heart for the child.
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 26, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    ....and I just have to add that not too long ago a teacher from Harrodsburg left her infant child and toddler in a very hot car for the entire day while she was in class. But maybe she was raised in Danville and that's where she got her comparable parenting skills that endangered her children as much as drugs. At any rate, she didn't get charged with anything for nearly causing their death. Maybe it's just that in Mercer County they don't indict criminals, so their records look better.
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 26, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    Kate, I hope you don't plan on practicing law in Kentucky or you're going to be very disappointed. This child will be placed with family that may or may not be of any better character than the mother and aunt involved. Unless they have priors, they will not serve "serious" jail time and they will both be allowed to visit the child freely. This is the real world and the justice in your prelaw books might not coincide exactly with it in all circumstances.

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