Courts & Crime

Young mother suffocates baby with toilet paper

The woman who gave birth to a baby in a bathroom at the Roederer Correctional Complex on Sunday suffocated the child by shoving toilet paper into her mouth, then put the baby into a trash can, according to a police citation.

Ashley N. Cox, 20, of Corbin, was visiting an inmate at the LaGrange men's prison when she delivered the baby in a bathroom at about 11 a.m.

After placing her daughter in the trash, Cox covered the baby with paper, the citation states.

When prison personnel came into the bathroom and saw blood, Cox "failed to report" that she had delivered a baby, the citation says.

Instead, an ambulance was called to the prison to respond to a reported miscarriage, said Trooper Michael Webb of the state police.

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