Police: Baby Thrown In Snow Bank

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A newborn was cared for in a hospital Saturday night after witnesses said the mother threw the baby in the snow.

The baby was only wearing a T-shirt and was wrapped in a blanket.

The mother, 21-year-old Ashley Couch, is accused of throwing her infant in a snow bank near Chicago Avenue and 18th Street Saturday morning.

Eddie is one of the men who witnessed what happened.

Eddie said he was walking from Minneapolis at around 8 a.m., crossing the Chicago Avenue Bridge when he noticed the young woman.

“Like a major league baseball player in a windup – that’s how hard she threw the child,” Eddie said.

Eddie said he and another man named Keith were on the bridge. It was Keith who first noticed Ashley Couch as he got off the bus.

He was the one who told Eddie to watch and make sure the mother did not throw the child over the rail and into on-coming traffic below.

“She had already thrown her child down hard on the hard compacted ice. She then picked it up and walked around 18th and threw it down again about a hundred feed down the sidewalk. And this time she turned her back and walked away, abandoned her child,” Eddie said.

That was when Keith picked the child up, held her in his arms and called police, Eddie said.

Eddie said Couch walked back towards them and tried to pry the child from Keith’s arms.

She gave both men an explanation for throwing her 18-day-old child in the snow.

Eddie said that Couch was angry because there was no milk in the house, and her boyfriend would not go out and get any.

Police said Couch had just gotten in a fight with her boyfriend, Deontae Thurmond, at their home a few blocks away.

Officers said Thurmond ran off and Couch was trying to follow him when she abandoned her daughter in the snow.

The baby girl was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Couch and Thurmond were taken to jail.

Thurmond was arrested for domestic assault, Couch for child neglect.

The baby girl was taken to HCMC in critical condition. She is expected to survive.

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  • Dano

    Make these two pukes remain outside with nothing on till they are gone. period

    • Zee

      I live in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro, and it abounds with these types. She doesn’t need to add to the cesspool of animals in people clothes this city is rife with. She has no child raising skills, and if she lives around 18th and Chicago, she’s on some type welfare. Period. She hasn’t the financial means, let alone the heart, or a good partner, for having kids. I’ll be nice and say forcible sterilization, but I really think she should be shot

    • Mike

      Perpetuating the problem leads to more of the same. Think about it.

      • Dina

        I agree with you 100%

      • tdj

        If they can’t reproduce again, it won’t lead to more of the same.

  • Rebecca A. Fore

    Sounds like the Parents need to be thrown in a snowbank in the middle of antartica and left for dead.

    • Felisa Calderon

      i agree!!!

  • Meg Davis

    yea who could do that to a baby they deserve to rot in jail that poor baby girl! i couldn’t amagine ever doing that to my daughter or son love them both!

  • KayH

    There is no excuse for this to happen. That baby could have dropped off at any hospital, fire station, etc with no questions asked.

    • Tami Fairbanks

      exactly How dumb are people. No questions ask and the baby could have a new home with people that love her.

    • Sarah

      That law only applies if the baby is less than 72 hours old.

      • Sarah in outstate MN

        I think that law should change to 1 week or 2 weeks of age. At 72 hours old, many women are still in the hospital.

      • Marie

        It’s 30days in our state-no questions asked you can drop a baby off at a hospital.

  • Amy L. Miller

    I feel that if the father hit the mother for throwing the baby , she should consider
    herself lucky not to have been thrown out a window and the father should NOT be charged with domestic abuse.

    • Transcender

      The baby daddy did NOT hit her AFTER she threw the baby. He hit her BEFORE she threw the baby girl. She threw the baby twice! Once down on the ice, then again into the hard-packed snow. I’ll bet she had broken bones and internal bleeding.

  • lib

    Don’t worry everyone our great social service folks will decide the mother just had a bad day and will return the baby to her deadly arms in no time.

    • Callie from Canby

      Totally agree- THere is a lady where I used to live in Canby, who everyone knows is a terrible mother. SHe moved here from New York. Well, in a small town you can see what a terrible mother she is. Her daughter is still living with her. I’m sure this woman will just be found “mentally ill” and suggested counseling, but who knows-maybe social services MIGHT pull their head out of their asses.

    • lopes

      I totally agree with your comment. I am so sick of hearing story after story. We need to allow the babies to be taken by services prior to leaving the hospital This makes me so sick. Young people having babies and they can’t or wont take care of themselves. And this may be a stupid question but where are the families in all this. If I would have shown one ounce of inabililty in taking care of my four children, my mother would have slapped me silly and raised them herself. These are different times we are living in. Too liberal of times for me

      • sam

        the parents spent their money on crack…

    • Becca

      You’re exactly right, lib. I hope there is a follow up to this story.

  • Kim

    Seriously what is this world coming to- parents throwing babies out like garbage. Little girl, you don’t deserve to be treated like this. May you be given to parents who will love and treasure you for the gift you are to this world.

    • Stacy

      there are so many people out there that cant have children and than you have people that do this stuff time and time again! WTH it makes me cry everytime I hear about it. She should not be aloud to have her kid and should be fixed so she can never have children again! You can leave a baby on my doorstep anytime and I wont ask any questions and I will raise him or her. I love children!

  • Rach

    I would love to take this little girl into my home. Unreal how low people are these days.

  • pepperguy

    Phillips is the North side of the South side.

    • TWIG

      ARGEE !!


    What culture are these people from???

    • http://ofbuckleyandbeatles.wordpress.com/ Drae

      A culture of codependency. It’s a sick, twisted psychological condition that I think has infested the majority of the country.

    • Paula

      Does it really matter? If they were a certain culture, woud that excuse what they did?

  • Cache

    No personal responsibility in society today…They all want to play but when the booby prize shows up they say “Hey I did’t know”…Hooey?! If your going to play you must pay… either upfront or in the end….birth control is cheap and easy…these two dirtbags are just he tip of the proverbial dirtbag iceberg! Welfare is full of them!

    • http://ofbuckleyandbeatles.wordpress.com/ Drae

      Yep – there is no personal responsibility in a codependent society.

      I blame Natalie Portman. [sarc]

  • http://ofbuckleyandbeatles.wordpress.com/ Drae

    The silver lining is this innocent child got out of this messed up family so very early that she might stand a chance with a new family instead of turning into a codependent degenerate like her mother clearly is.

    I hope to Heaven her father was returning to the scene out of love for his child. Sometimes it’s the dad who is the more loving parent. Regardless, I hope this baby girl ends up in a loving home.

  • Shannon

    WHAT??? You should be shot to to post a comment like that after a baby whether 19 days old or 19 was thrown in the snow exposed to this weather!! Jerk

    • Karla

      Shannon, i think you misinterpreted the comment..i think you thought Meg was siding with the mom who threw the baby, when she is actually siding with the baby.. i had to read it twice myself, thought she was siding with the mom who threw the baby, she was talking about she wouldn’t do that (throw her kids) into the snow the way that mother did..just sayin

  • Carl

    Wu Mao

    • Fredia Ratney

      I know this young lady, she needs help she once came over my house in the mist of the winter of Dec 2010 on a bike with house shoes on i took her in and feed her thats before she had a baby, she also was admitted in the mental hospital her in ST. Paul before we judge check her history out. You Need to pray for her instead of throwing her in jail get her some help i’m not saying that she wasn’t wrong she was very wrong we need the state to step up and help this young girl.

      • hates the world

        if you believe that you yourself need mental help also

      • Paula

        Sorry but I have to respectfully disagree. I know a few mentally ill people with all kinds of emotional problems. My own brother is schizo and thinks people are trying to kill him but none of them have ever hurt a child. No matter how crazy and delusional my brother is, he has never hurt any of our children. It gives the mentally ill a really bad name to excuse this girl’s behavior because of her mental illness bc the mentally ill are still completely capable of humanity and obviously Ms Couch had none. Assuming her boyfriend is the baby’s dad, it sounds like she got mad at him and couldn’t punish him because she couldn’t catch up to him, so she took it out on his baby instead. That’ll show him I guess….

      • swmnguy

        This comment makes sense.

  • Bryson Powers

    Contraceptives are really easy to acquire folks! Hello? If you don’t want a child don’t have one,losers.

  • Victim Du Jour

    The Music and Entertainment industry goes out of the way to make sex look so important to have to be cool.

    Then you have a child and reality sets in.

    “booty booty booty rock’n everywhere” turns into child abuse.

  • lil'rex

    I can only assume from the area this took place that they tunneled in from the north
    take the baby away and keep the parents locked up !!!!!

  • me

    The parents were fighting prior to the baby being thrown. The woman was chasing the man and hitting him; he ran away. The baby was thrown during all the chaos. This baby needs new parents and these people need to have their welfare taken away !

  • Smithy

    A good reason why abortions should be made available freely…

    • Victim Du Jour

      In many cases women have kids on purpose to trap a loser into being a dad.

      Throwing a baby into a snow bank is really messed up, it has nothing to do with free abortion.

    • mark

      oh that’s intelligent….blame the baby. NOT!!!!!

      • Becca

        Right on, Mark. For Smithy to say that this baby would be better off dead is absurd!

    • Guy

      These two need to be on PERMANENT contraception – SPAY her and NEUTER him.

  • Gumdrop

    this is no excuse, but maybe the mother was running for her life, and threw the baby there, so she wouldn’t be hurt. I have been in those abusive situations, but not with my grown adult children now. I hope the baby will find a good home for now and hopefully she will get back with mom after she gets her life straight.

    • Marge Gunderson

      Read the story; she was chasing him! She told the men who rescued her helpless daughter that she threw her barely dressed baby away into the snow and ice so she could catch up to him easier and continue their fight.

    • Zee

      Really? Throwing a newborn (inherently fragile) onto packed snow in subfreezing weather is a safer option than the dad catching Mom? I live in the Twin Cities and I have kids and I was once in an abusive relationship and I can tell you with certainty that throwing the baby was not about protecting her. Don’t make excuses for these scumbags – Minneapolis/St.Paul is rife with them – the inner city is now a cesspool of low animals in people clothes. I’m overjoyed that I’m moving 30 miles out to a suburb in two weeks.

    • julie

      She threw the baby twice.
      It wasn’t as you suggest, from how I read the article.
      She is one sick momma…



    • Becca

      Gumdrop, this baby should NEVER be returned that woman. Out of disgust, I can’t even fathom calling her a mother. If someone were abusing me and I was running for my life, I would run while holding my child as tightly as possible. There is no way I would toss my baby away just so I could “run for my life”.

  • Gregg

    I hope to god these parents don’t get that child back for the sake of the child. This makes me sick to know there are people like this out there. I thank god that there was a person that was strong enough to get the child and call the police. Give that person a award for that. A 1 month old will be able to recover and get a chance to live life in a decent home. I hope the state grows a pair and makes sure they don’t get this child back.

  • Kim


    At least the baby has a chance to a normal life, Parent’s like that should never have the chance to get there baby daughter back, That is sick to throw the baby in a snow bank & no clothe’s on her, That baby could have froze if it were not for the person who picked up the baby and kept her from being hurt.
    Children don’t need parent’s like that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Allah

    Shoot them both…and give me the baby……

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  • Askyrdad

    Wow… totally different story posted in the ST. At least both ended up being arrested and the child is ok… for now.

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