WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-red01, ww color red

Local

St. Louis Park Mother Charged In Baby’s Smothering Death

Authorities Say She Nearly Did The Same To Another Child This Year
View Comments
baby, infant, newborn, generic

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 4 Things To Know For August 19, 2014
  2. Goin' To The Lake: A Look Back At Summer 2014
  3. Mpls. Residents Complain Over Target Field Lights
  4. Twin Cities Rabbits Featured In New Viral Video
  5. Mike A, Jamie Take On Ice Bucket Challenge

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 25-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the 2009 death of her baby in St. Louis Park, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Ashleigh Jennifer Casey was arrested on a warrant and made her first appearance Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 12, 2009, police were called to a house in St. Louis Park on a report of a baby not breathing. There, they found Casey’s 3-month-old son lying on the basement floor and despite performing CPR, the baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

After an autopsy, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found no medical reason why the baby stopped breathing and listed the death as undetermined.

Then, in May 23, 2013, St. Louis Park Police learned there was a similar incident under investigation involving Casey – this time in Mille Lacs County. Casey brought her 8-month-old girl to the hospital several times, but doctors could find nothing wrong.

At the hospital, Casey had alerted a nurse that her daughter wasn’t breathing. The nurse performed CPR and was able to resuscitate the girl. It seemed suspicious to the girl’s doctor, who thought Casey might be involved.

After raising suspicion with the doctor and authorities, a St. Louis Park Police investigator interviewed Casey, who admitted to holding a blanket over her son’s mouth until he stopped breathing in 2009. Casey told the investigator she didn’t mean to hurt him and she expected him to start breathing again, as he had in the past, the complaint said.

Now, Mille Lacs County child protection officials are overseeing the welfare of Casey’s daughter.

Casey’s next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,792 other followers