2011 - February 4,
A Grave Memorial
On January 23, 2014, Ashley Diaz, who was
28 years old at the time, was in Family Court with her five children
who ranged in age from two to ten years old. Ashley had been taking
for parenting and had been in therapy to better help her deal with her
children. Since 2010, the police had been to Ashley's home at least
nine times for domestic disputes and in January of 2014 they had been
there for the last time when a complaint came in. A caseworker paid a
visit to check the children and though it was not established if she
actually saw the children, she said that things seemed to be okay in
In Family Court, a Judge looked over the records and after being told
by her therapist, a Child Welfare Agency and several Social Workers
that she had been to all of her classes and had shown that she was
doing better, the Judge allowed the children to remain with their
mother, who was not living with their father, Kevin Edwards. Once
again, a mistake was about to be made.
On February 4, 2104, Kevasia Edwards was taken to the hospital where it
was found that she had cracked ribs and missing teeth. Kevasia went
into cardiac arrest and died at the hospital. An autopsy would reveal
that Kevasia had new and existing and lacerations on her head and body
as well as scars and hemorrhages under her scalp and she was suffering
from injuries to her optic nerve. Ashley Diaz was arrested and charged
with second degree murder and first degree assault. Kathleen Clifford
Gallow, Ashley's lawyer was present at the arraignment and said that
Kevasia was a small child because she was born premature:
"This was a very
compromised child. The baby can walk, but cannot run or stroll. She
falls a lot"
Surely this woman was not blaming the injuries this child had on falls?
Well, not ALL of them any way.
Kathleen Gallo went on to the tell the court that a caring neighbor had
been the cause of some of the injuries:
"Most of her injuries
in the past came from being born premature and her broken ribs came
someone who did not
Perhaps Kathleen wasn't aware at that time that Ashley had lost custody
of of her four boys and one girl Kevasia, in 2012 after it was
discovered that she was neglected the boys and Kevasia had suffered
from being burned. A spokesperson for the Legal Aid Society commented
that the family had been having regular visits from their caseworkers
as well as visits from Children's Services:
"There were many eyes
on this case. This was not something that fell between the cracks"
Bill de Blaso, the Mayor, said that a review was going to be done in
much deeper detail of the policies and practices at A.C.S. since
another child had died in January of abuse. Here we go AGAIN, reviews and outrage and
changed in policy, been there, done that, blah blah blah. Nothing ever
changes, excuses keep getting made and CHILDREN
The District Attorney said:
"The defendant has been charged with
causing the death of her own child, a defenseless
If Ashley is found
guilty, she would be facing 25 years to life.
two year old girl who suffered greatly in her short life. The alleged
actions of the defendant
are totally incomprehensible"
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May 28, 2014
Death Occurred in the state of New York
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