August 08, 2012

Ashley Cox - Woman Charged With Killing Newborn Baby In Prison Bathroom Escapes Murder Charge

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La Grange, KY (The Weekly Vice) - Ashley Nicole Cox, a 22-year-old Kentucky woman has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge after she killed her newborn baby while visiting her boyfriend in prison.

According to police, Cox was visiting her boyfriend at the Roederer Correctional Complex in March, 2010, when she ran to the bathroom and delivered a healthy baby girl.

Investigators say Cox welcomed her new daughter into the world by stuffing toilet paper into the infant's mouth until she was unable to breath. Cox then tossed the baby into a trash can and covered her with more toilet paper.

When Cox emerged from the bathroom, she was covered with blood. She was taken to a local hospital where it was determined that she had just given birth to a full-term baby. State troopers were dispatched to the prison and the baby was found. An autopsy later revealed that the child was born alive and in perfect health, but was suffocated to death shortly after birth.

Cox, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, has pleaded guilty to lesser charges of manslaughter, tampering with evidence and concealing the birth of an infant.

Under the plea agreement, Cox will serve 21 years in prison.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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