Kaylen Michelle Young
May 30, 2006 - May 25, 2011
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Ashley Young will never be step-mother of the year even after calling paramedics to help Kaylen when she was
"found" to be unresponsive. Ashley Jean Young, who was 25 years old at the time, was arrested and her original
charge was attempted murder after Kaylen was found to have suspicious marks on her body that clearly showed
she had been injured through abuse. Kaylen was taken to a hospital in Athens, Ohio and later transferred to a
Columbus hospital where she was found to have no brain activity. Kaylen was taken off of life support and the
charge against Ashley was upgraded to aggravated murder and late charges were added including child endangering, tampering with evidence and attempted aggravated possession of drugs, she was taken to jail and her bond was set at $1 million dollars.

Ashley was found to be the only person who was home with Kaylen the day she was injured. Kaylen's father was
at work. The scene at the home showed evidence that something violent had taken place and police took hair
samples from the scene. Police were shocked to find that Kaylen's face was imprinted in the carpet and chunks of her hair were found. Another child who was thought to be about 15 months old, was taken out of the home and placed with Kaylen's grand-parents.

An autopsy showed that Kaylen died of blunt force impact to her head and that several parts of her head, brain and skull were damaged. Prosecutors said that Ashley had caused these injuries to this little Angel on purpose. Ashley was accused of concealing evidence by hiding the shirt that Kaylen had worn the day she was beaten and she was accused of trying to buy Percocet.

In October of 2011, Ashley was found incompetent to stand trial though Sheriff Pat Kelly said that with treatment
including counseling, she could become competent in the future. In May of 2012, Ashley that all changed and
Ashley was found to be competent to stand trial and was set to face a jury, though no trial date had been set at
that time.

On June 19, 2012, Ashley entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Glenn Jones, Defense Attorney, said
that an expert who had examine Ashley as early as June 1, 2012, claimed that Ashley had a severe mental defect or disorder and she didn't know that what she did was wrong.

Jackie West, Kaylen's grandmother didn't believe it:

"The woman was not insane. Two weeks ago, she said she didn't do it and now all of a sudden
  "I'm insane?" Seriously? I get so upset over the whole situation. That one day she's saying I
didn't do it, she had a seizure, I didn't do it and the next day she's saying, "I'm insane". Pick
a side"

One of Ashley's lawyers said:

“Given Ashley’s history of personal trauma and abuse and her diagnosis of post traumatic
stress disorder, chronic severe with significant dissociative features, we believe that her plea
of not guilty by reason of insanity is fully supported by available evidence and professional assessments and conclusions”
Herman Carson


Obituary
Kaylen Michelle Young



Kaylen Michelle Young, 4, of The Plains, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Children's Hospital in Columbus.

Born May 30, 2006 in Athens, she was the beloved daughter of Craig Young and Crystal Westerviller. 

Kaylen attended The Plains Pre-School, enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Her last gift was donating life to others.

Besides her parents, she is survived by sisters, Allyza Young, Kearston Shiller, Kelsey Shiller; grandparents, Jackie Ely, Clyde Ely, Chuck West, Mike Young, Rob and Laura Rutter, Kim Hoskins, Jerry Westerviller, Max Kempton; great grandparents, Curt and Kathy Rutter, Joan Ruth, Jack and JoLean Wilhelm, Loretta McDaniel, Mary Hoskins; and many other loving relatives.

Services will be Tuesday at 1:00 PM at Hughes-Moquin Funeral Home with Dave Cogar officiating. Burial will be in New Marshfield Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service.

Contributions may be made to the funeral home for expenses at 168 Morris Avenue, Athens, Ohio 45701. You may send the family a message of sympathy at www.hughesmoquinfuneralhome.com.



In June of 2011 it was discovered that people who had been asking for donations to help cover the cost of Kaylen's funeral, were keeping the money they received. Kaylen's family could not afford to pay for her funeral and had asked the community for help:

"We had to figure out where we were going to pull the money in from and then people were
sending in donations right and left and it just filled our hearts so much"
Stephanie Sloan - Kaylen's Aunt

Sheriff Pat Kelly became aware that some people who were supposed to be helping out, had been keeping the
money they were given for the funeral:

"In checking with family, our investigators found very little of the money was being
sent back to the father"

A warning was given to anyone who thought they could exploit the death of Kaylen:

"That's theft by deception and if we find those people, like I said, we will charge them"

A softball game was set up to raise funds to help the family:

Date is set for the 1st Annual Team Kaylen Memorial Co-Ed Softball Tournament...It will be held on September
10 & 11 @ Javcee Fields 398 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio..This softball event is a double elimination and will
cost $100.00 per team.. Team registration must be in by September 1, 2011..Will only accept check and money
orders and they are to be made out to Athens Foundation In memory of Team Kaylen Young..Players can play at
16-17 years of age with written permission otherwise you must be 18+ to play..Contact Rebecca J. Huges-
Wogerman @ 1-614-378-**** (Number omitted by site creator) to register your team..We will need a team name
and contact person along with check and or money order made out to Athens Foundation..NO CASH..

UPDATE:

In October of 2102, Jackie West, Kaylen's Grandmother was in court:

"Your honor, we can only imagine the fear and horror Kaylen endured the few moments of
her life. She didn't deserve to die at the hands of someone she trusted and called mom, she
was only four years old, she couldn't fight back and for that we ask that you show no mercy"

Ashley Young was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 20 years, plus five years for tampering with evidence. Ashley had entered a plea of guilty to murder.

Thank you Sara :)

Death Occurred in the state of Ohio

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