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Autopsy: Franklin Co. baby likely bled to death

Posted July 22, 2014

Ashley Marie Reed

— A baby born to a Franklin County teen likely bled to death after her umbilical cord was cut too close, District Attorney Sam Currin said Tuesday after reviewing the child's autopsy report.

The mother, Ashley Marie Reed, 15, was charged Tuesday with concealing the birth and failure to report the death. Sheriff's deputies found the 8.5-pound baby girl wrapped in a grocery bag and buried in a shallow grave behind a residence in the Fox Ridge Farms subdivision, located near Louisburg.

Aaron Davis, 18, the father of the child, told WRAL News that he urged Reed to tell someone of her pregnancy, but that she was afraid.

Davis said he wasn't present when the child was born. "She told me that the baby didn't make it," Davis said.  

Reed was arrested Tuesday before noon. By 4 p.m., she had posted $50,000 bond and was released to her parents.

Sheriff Jerry Jones said a criminal charge was necessary to offer a lesson.

"This thing goes to court and it will work itself out, but to not do anything, I think would have put a message out that this was acceptable behavior -- and that's the last thing you want as a law enforcement officer," he said.


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  • Hope Lives Jul 23, 2014
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    If this were my daughter, I would hope that her Dad and I would have a good enough relationship with her that she would know that there was NOTHING she could not talk to us about. We would raise her in a safe, secure household where she might know our feelings about the subject, but understand that our love is unconditional and we rather her talk to us about a situation rather than hide it or try to deal with it on her own when it is too big for her to handle by herself.

    Ditto if this were my son AND I would make sure my son understands that this is just as much his child and he has a responsibility to help care for it. However - I would have advised my son to speak up and tell someone. Or I possibly would have scheduled a meeting with the parents so that all of us could sit down together and discuss how to handle the situation.

  • Danielle Cockrum Jul 23, 2014
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    You're all wrong... there are MANY documented cases of ADULT women that found out they were pregnant the day they gave birth! Even 8lb babies can be turned in such a way that a very slender woman doesn't actually "look" pregnant and ADULT women can still have regular bleeding and assume it's a period.

    So why then are you holding this CHILD accountable to higher standards? You say she "should have known" and that she had options. Really?!?!?! Think back to when you were 14-15 years old. I don't know about you, but we were just told not to have sex.

    The real culprit(s) here are: (1) parents/educators who don't teach their children about safe sex, (2) parents who don't pay closer attention to where their 14-15 year-olds are spending their time and with whom, and (3) primarily a much older boy who probably knew what he was doing and took advantage. Being the older of the two, he SHOULD have reported this to someone.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 23, 2014
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    I'm guessing that is NOT how it happened! I could be wrong but that's not the impression I get from this story, not sure how you got it.

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Jul 23, 2014

    I can't image her being scared to tell her parents that she was pregnant. Her brother that is around 20 years old has a child that just turned a year old and he is not with the babies momma. Their parents are very supportive of him having a child and are involved in his child's life. There is more to this story than the public will ever know! Yes she was wrong, but so was the babies father. His mother even stated on TV that he hinted around that she was pregnant, as a mother she should have asked him is she pregnant or not! Did somebody scare her into burying the baby because the baby died? Folks they stated the investigation is not closed.

  • Joseph Smith Jul 23, 2014
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    The father is supposed to be involved. He's an adult. Planning for the eventual birth that he knew was coming soon. He abandoned the girl and the baby.

  • 678devilish Jul 23, 2014

    What if this was your daughter and your son? How would you feel and think about the situation? It could have been.

  • 678devilish Jul 23, 2014

    If this mother had died giving birth to the baby, and was found dead; who would you then blame for this tragedy? Remember the father was not there doing the actual birth.

  • brej32433 Jul 23, 2014

    He is working the media as the poor baby daddy, but by his own account she told him she was in labor and told him the baby did not make it, she is charged with failing to report both events, why isn't he?? When she did not show up at the meeting he says they arranged, he should have called 911 and sent medical help to her home. Why do mothers bear more responsibilities than fathers??? Is that the "lesson" Jerry Jones wants to send??
    It makes me ashamed to be a Franklin County resident today!

  • 678devilish Jul 23, 2014

    May other young girls learn from this. If you become pregnant, tell your parents, counselor or whoever your are close too. Don't have a baby by yourself. This girl could have die giving birth to the baby.

  • 678devilish Jul 23, 2014

    . Her BF is black

    Please lets not make this a racial issue when it is not. This is 2014 and people can choose whoever they want to be a part of their life.