May 30, 2006 - May
A Grave Memorial
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
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
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
Seriously? I get so upset over the whole situation. That one day she's
didn't do it, she had a
seizure, I didn't do it and the next day she's saying, "I'm insane".
One of Ashley's lawyers said:
Ashley’s history of personal trauma and abuse and her diagnosis of post
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”
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.
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:
had to figure out where we were going to pull the money in from and
then people were
in donations right and left and it just filled our hearts so
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
"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
"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..
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 :)
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