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Ashley A. Strong

Abuse of infant earns mother 6 years in prison

– She admitted to throwing her infant daughter against the wall because she couldn't get her to stop crying. That crime got her a six-year prison sentence this week in Allen Superior Court.

On Monday, Judge John Surbeck sentenced Ashley A. Strong, 28, to a total of 10 years in prison, but he ordered six years to be served behind bars and the remaining four years to be served on probation.

Strong, also known as Ashley Walton, called 911 in January to blame the incident on her 3-year-old daughter. She told dispatchers the girl dropped the 3-week-old infant on the floor, according to court documents.

But when police arrived, Strong said she was sleeping in bed with the children and awoke to one of them crying. She said she picked the baby up and said the back of the infant's head was “floppy.”

According to court documents, the baby had a skull fracture and bleeding on her brain. She was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. An update on the child's condition was not available.

Strong later admitted to police she had not slept for two days and couldn't get the baby to stop crying, so she threw her against the wall. Strong later tested positive for cocaine.

She pleaded guilty to felony battery, as well as neglect of a dependent, in early June.

rgreen@jg.net

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