BEDFORD, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police have charged the parents for the death of their three-month-old baby, which autopsy results determined the cause of death as asphyxiation and showed meth in the baby’s system.
State police at Bedford have charged 31-year-old Kailey Hughes and 44-year-old Shawn Allison both with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children. They also face several minor counts, such as recklessly endangering another person, attempt to tamper with physical evidence, unsworn falsification to authorities, possession of controlled substance and manufacture of a controlled substance.
Police were called out to the motel at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, after a report of an unresponsive baby, according to the criminal complaint.
Troopers already on scene said they overheard the parents accusing each other of killing the infant. EMS told police there was lividity on the infant’s back when they arrive, which refers to the bluish-purple discoloration of the skin after death.
Police report that they interviewed a couple who had been staying next door, and they said Allison and Hughes would fight all the time, which would cause the baby to cry a lot. They said they would hear Allison tell Hughes to “shut the baby up.”
They then told police they were woken up by Hughes to use their phone to call 911. Afterward, they heard Hughes tell Allison, “you killed my baby.”
Police interviewed with the parents of the infant.
Allison told police they fed the infant and put it to bed, and he said the baby slept in between him and Hughes on a pillow. He claims he woke up and found the baby to be unresponsive.
Hughes told police she laid the baby down in bed around 11 p.m, and later at 3 a.m., she woke up to feed the baby, but the baby was unresponsive. She said she tried to perform CPR.
While police were waiting for a search warrant for the hotel room, a trooper checked the surveillance from Sheetz where the couple stopped after the incident occurred.
The Sheetz employees told police they remember Hughes coming in and asking for bleach and baking soda.
Later in the morning, police interviewed Hughes at the station where she gave more details regarding the incident. She said she had used heroin in the past but stopped when she became pregnant. It’s reported she also told police she had taken a Xanax after the EMS left to calm down.
Hughes then told police Allison was mentally and psychically abusive toward her, and he couldn’t stand it when the baby would cry.
She went into further detail about that night, saying she fed the baby at 10:30 p.m. and fell asleep with the baby on her shoulder. She woke up and laid the baby down its back. Hughes then told police she went to feed the baby again at 3 a.m., but the baby was pale, unresponsive and lying face up.
Hughes said she attempted to wake Allison up and used the neighbor’s phone to call 911 because she had smashed Allison’s the night before and hers had been stolen.
When asked about going to Sheetz and asking for bleach and baking soda, she denied asking for bleach and said she asked for baking soda to clean her teeth.
Hughes said she believed either she or Allison had rolled onto the baby. When asked why she told Allison he killed her baby as the neighbors had heard, she said she did so out of anger.
Police then report they interviewed Allison who was defensive in his interview and denied remembering anything happening other than waking up to the baby between him and Hughes. He said the baby was up against Hughes face up and unresponsive. He told police he began chest compressions while Hughes went next door to use their phone.
On Jan. 5, Hughes’ stepfather went to the station to tell them that while at the hospital, Allison had a smug look on his face while no one was in the room with him and would only look upset when someone else was in the room.
He also told police that since the incident, the couple had been staying with him, and he would often hear Allison tell Hughes that she killed the baby, and he believes Allison was doing that to “beat her down to the point she believes she killed the baby.”
On Jan. 8, Hughes went to the station to give more details regarding the incident.
She said that Allison had been withdrawing from heroin, and when he does, he flails in his sleep. She also admitted to having been using heroin and meth at a friend’s house on New Year’s Eve while the baby was with them. She also snorted Xanax prior to going to bed Jan. 1.
It’s reported Hughes also told police she did buy bleach and baking soda to purge drugs from her system.
Hughes again said she believes the baby was smothered.
Given the facts presented to police, both Hughes and Allison are in Bedford County Prison as of April 1 with bail each set at $500,000.
Their preliminary hearings are set for April 14.