MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minneapolis mother has pleaded guilty to throwing her 18-day-old baby into a snow bank on March 5, 2011, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
Ashley Couch, 21, pleaded guilty to child endangerment in court Friday. Her sentencing is set for May 12, 2011.
According to the criminal complaint, on March 5, 2011, a witness reported seeing Couch walking down the street, holding a newborn baby. The witness told police that he saw Couch arguing with a man, who was later determined to be the baby’s father. The witness then said he saw Couch throw the baby into a snow bank.
Couch told police that the child’s father has taken money from her and fled the house. She admitted that she grabbed the baby, put it in a blanket, and then chased after him. She said that when she caught up to him, she pushed him and the baby fell out of her hands and into the snow bank.
The baby was treated for hypothermia and is now in protective custody.