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Mom charged after baby left at Hoke meth lab

Posted February 7, 2011

— A woman whose 4-month-old son was found last week inside a suspected methamphetamine lab east of Raeford was charged Monday with felony child abuse, authorities said.

Ashley Milligan, 23, of Summerville, S.C., also was charged with obstruction of justice and manufacturing methamphetamine. She was being held in the Hoke County jail under a $125,000 bond.

The baby suffered second- and third-degree chemical burns on his chest and under his arms, Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said. He is recovering at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Six people, including the child's grandmother, Michelle Lynn Tiller, were arrested Thursday when deputies broke up the drug lab in a mobile home at 165 Water Splash Road, off U.S. Highway 401.

A woman claiming to be the baby's mother called WRAL News on Sunday to say that she was returning to North Carolina from South Carolina to check on the child and talk with authorities. She said she left the boy, named Aiden, with her fiance's mother while she was working in South Carolina and said she had no idea the woman was involved with drugs.

Peterkin said Milligan was aware of the methamphetamine lab.

The baby has been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

The child's father is in jail in Summerville, S.C., the sheriff said.


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  • tritonlm6 Feb 8, 2011

    You would think this story is totally made up because it is so off the wall. But it's not. It's true. People never cease to amaze me.

  • annettah Feb 7, 2011

    As parents we should think about the consequences of our actions on our children.

  • OSX Feb 7, 2011

    stuff with babies makes me sad... all they want to do is be loved... then 40 years later we become the babies that are loved because we are the babies once again.

  • pwilliamson53 Feb 7, 2011

    Such a sad story. A child harmed to benefit the pockets of these people.

  • cass122 Feb 7, 2011

    sick, sick people! I dont know what else to say!

  • ddm76 Feb 7, 2011

    And people want to claim that gay parents are not "fit".

  • CountryGirl80 Feb 7, 2011

    Now this just p%sses me off there is people in this world that can't have babies and would be wonderful parents and then you have people like this

  • Southern Girl Feb 7, 2011

    This is so sad. PLEASE take this child away from this "mother" (tongue in cheek) and give it to somebody with some sense. She looks like she is on drugs in that picture. Plese do the right thing and take the child away, and then, lock her up for years and years and allow her no rights/access to this child ever again.

  • hiyadun Feb 7, 2011

    There are alot of people who would take good care of the child. Is the child going to be placed up for adoption since the entire family seems incapable of caring for the child. I would love to adopt a child some day.

  • MamaDummy Feb 7, 2011

    what was done to the child, should be done 50 times worse to the adults involved