FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne mother admitted to lying to police after she threw her three-week-old infant against the wall because she wouldn’t stop crying. Police said Ashley Ann-Marie Walton (Strong), 28, who tested positive for cocaine after the battery, waited more than 35 minutes to call for help.
According to the affidavit for probable cause, Walton initially told police her 3-year-old daughter dropped the infant on her head on January 10 at her apartment in Colony Bay. She said she was sleeping with her two daughters when she woke up to find the infant crying on the bedroom floor.
Walton told police in the interview that the baby seemed lethargic and was looking at her with a blank stare. She also said the baby’s face was swollen.
According to police, Walton said the baby was injured at 12:03 p.m. and she immediately called EMS.
Police asked to look at Walton’s cell phone during the interview and she agreed, our sister station WANE reports.
There were five phone calls on Walton’s phone at 12:03 p.m., but none of them were to 911, according to police.
Police said Walton was texting a woman about buying prescription pills and cocaine at 12:26 p.m. A picture message of what police believe was cocaine was seen on Walton’s phone.
Walton finally called EMS crews at 12:40 p.m., 37 minutes after the baby was injured, according to police. She told police she changed the baby’s diaper and gave her a bath before calling for help.
At 3:38 p.m., police said Walton texted the same woman, “ok cuz I’m at the hospital with the baby and I’m not trying to be gone long.”
Walton finally admitted to police that she threw her infant against the wall because she hadn’t slept in two or three days and the baby wouldn’t stop crying. She said the baby’s head hit the wall and then landed on the bed.
According to police, Walton tested positive for cocaine the day of the battery.
According to the probable cause, the infant suffered a skull fracture and brain bleeding. The baby was listed in critical condition as of January 10. Hospital officials have not given an update on the baby’s condition.
Walton is now facing charges of battery, neglect of a dependant. As of Friday afternoon, Walton was listed in the Allen County Jail.