Grand Jury Indicts Mother of Newborn Found in Turner Park on Murder Charge
Anchorage Police Department
October 25, 2013
Contact: Jennifer Castro
APD Public Information Officer
Subject: Grand Jury Indicts Mother of Newborn Found in Turner Park on Murder Charge
Update: APD Press Conference on Oct. 26, 2013 regarding case. Please click on link below.
Release Issued on October 25, 2013:
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:34 a.m. Anchorage Police Dispatch received a report of a baby found by a citizen at Turner Park in Eagle River that was not breathing. It was reported that the baby was wrapped in a towel and appeared to be a newborn. Anchorage Police responded to the scene, as well as Detectives and the Crime Scene Team to investigate the incident.
That afternoon, APD was contacted by AFD medics who were responding to a female at a residence in Eagle River with possible injuries consistent to those of someone who might have given birth. APD Detectives responded with medics and interviewed the injured female who was identified as 24-year-old Ashley Ard.
Further investigation revealed that the mother of the deceased baby was Ashley Ard and that Ard had given birth at her residence in Eagle River and then left the home with the newborn just before 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15. The investigation also revealed that Ard went to Turner Park where she left the newborn girl under a bush, wrapped in a towel. An autopsy was conducted by the medical examiner of the newborn. The results of the autopsy are still pending.
Today, the grand jury indicted Ard on a single count of murder in the second degree. If convicted of this charge at trial, Ard faces a potential sentence of 10 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
The indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ard was taken into custody by Anchorage Police early this evening. Her arrest warrant was issued for $250,000 cash or corporate plus a TPC requirement.
Ard is expected to be arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Ashley Ard of Portsmouth, Virginia, is Specialist in the U.S. Army and reported to U.S. Army Alaska in late September.
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