FORT WAYNE, ID – Ashley Ann-Marie Walton, 28, is facing battery and neglect charges after admitting she threw her baby against a wall when she could not get the infant to stop crying.
On January 10, Walton called 911 to report her baby girl was lethargic and her face was swollen. She said she woke up to her infant’s cries and found the baby lying on the bedroom floor with her three-year-old daughter standing nearby saying, “ut oh”. Walton sad she thought her older daughter had accidentally dropped the infant on her head.
Walton’s baby was rushed to the hospital in critical condition suffering from a skull fracture and brain bleeding. I’m assuming the injuries were more severe than being dropped on her head, so police decided to interview Walton at the police station. Walton stuck to her original story that she’d called 911 at 12:03 pm, immediately after finding her daughter injured.
Police confiscated Walton’s cell phone to verify her story, and found Walton was more concerned about getting drugs than she was about her injured infant. The phone showed Walton made five calls right at 12:05 pm, but none were to 911. At 12:26 pm, she texted someone in an attempt to buy prescription pills and powder cocaine. She did not call 911 until 12:40 pm.
A few hours later, while Walton was at the hospital, she continued texting the same person to try and arrange a time she could pick up the drugs. One text read, “ok cuz I’m at the hospital with the baby and I’m not trying to be gone long.” Faced with evidence that her story was bullshit, Walton eventually admitted her older daughter was not responsible for her infant’s injuries.
She said she’d been up for three days straight and was aggravated that the infant would not stop crying. So she picked up the infant and threw her against a wall. Afterwards, she changed the baby’s diaper and gave her a bath. She did not call 911 for her infant until 30 minutes after she’d cracked the girl’s noggin.
Walton was arrested and charged with battery and two counts of neglect of a dependent, all felonies. She’s currently in the Allen County Jail.