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Franklin woman charged in child’s death

Published 6:01pm Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FRANKLIN—Following the death of a 6-year-old child Wednesday morning, the Franklin Police Department has arrested the mother and charged her with murder, said Capt. Tim Whitt, spokesman for FPD.

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Shameyer Ronnice Ashburn, 24, of the 500 Block of South Street, was charged with the murder of her child after an investigation led officers to believe her to be a person of interest. She has been remanded to Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.

At 5:40 a.m., officers responded to a room at the Days Inn motel in regards to an unresponsive child. The child was transported to the emergency room at Southampton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

  • hellcat

    Franklin is not FULL of ingrates. Many of them just have computers.

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  • johnhenry

    How the FPD became the subject of this article is beyond me. The simple minded people that made it the subject must be afraid of facing the social situation that we are faced with. The men and women of the FPD face death every day and night that they go on duty because of the social climate in our country not just Franklin. Simlifyingit the officer you referred to would place his life on the line for you or any other citizen in the city. Too bad he is obligated to risk the life of him self and all his officers to protect such a waste of life.

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    • wiskeymike

      You are right. I ask the people of South St , How many people do you see hanging out on Hunterdale Rd at the store? None……

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    • wiskeymike

      Spider68 , that’s funny please read me the conviction and arrest reports please . Once again you can’t run from the truth.

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    • ROBERT GREEN

      Correct, i was far to Hard on the FPD, They do a good job and am thankful. Many thing have been stolen from my business when working in Franklin over the years and no one has ever been caught. No ones fault but the thief. It just seems that when everyone knows a place of criminal activity something more could be done and if so it might of prevented this child’s death.

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    • simplifyingit

      So you admit he is a “marxist” style ruler, not leader. And that he answers to noone. But justify it by saying he’d lay down his life/of his officers for the citizens. Admirable, very admirable. It truly is.

      Guess he was protecting us when he “sold & bought” officer McClenny’s service weapon just to be an A-hole. Which i still believe was some kind of conflict of interest with being a dept head.

      Pauul Harveey here-Have a nice day! LOL

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  • FromHere

    How did the police department get to be the topic when the article is about a demented, evil woman who murdered her own child? When crime is rampant, you won’t control it until you have a police force that can watch every single person in the city all the time, and that concept is beyond ridiculous. The police department does a good job holding it down as best they can. Now the judicial system needs to do theirs.

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  • ROBERT GREEN

    So i should complain to the owners of a motel that the police dept. cant control crime. What a joke. No one said it was the FPD fault that a child died. The motel is most likely owner operated, you can look at it and tell it is a Dump. You should ride down South street and check out the place they call the winery, where it is ok to hang out all day and drink in public. Or the Bruce st. park and see how many spent 9mm cases you can pick up along side all the empty beer bottles. Or collage park, i picked up 8 9mm cases there last year. Now tell me the FPD has everything under control.

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    • Really

      Actually wine country has been cleaned up and the vagrants displaced. Of course there are shell casings lying around because knuckleheads are shooting guns. What city / county has a police department where everything is under control, no one, it is impossible to do. No matter what the police do, they are not going to please everyone, they are catching hell for arresting a mother that murdered her own child, how do you deal with something like that?

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    • hellcat

      You seem to have plenty of time to ride around, observe, and complain. Perhaps you could try to contribute to a solution instead of complaining about a society that keeps popping out babies and not raising good citizens. The police are doing everything they can to keep honest people safe. The teachers are doing what they can to educate the children. Until the parents do their part, the problems will continue. If you are going to continue to complain without making an effort to help, I guess you will continue to be miserable. Consider yourself lucky that any LEO is willing to work in a city with many ungrateful citizens.

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      • ROBERT GREEN

        Maybe you should find a city to work that is not full of ingrates. I do consider my self lucky, i don’t live in Franklin. I do visit the fine city often, Locked & loaded. Have nice day, Officer

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      • spider68

        Well, thats wonderful to know Mr Green. We have another overzealous cowboy vigilante running around locked and loaded ready to rid the world of all evil.

        Although, I would hate to see anyone get hurt by you gun nutz. I would just love to see one of you have to deal with these use of deadly force laws. Mr. Zimmerman got away with murder, but he is in so much debt that he will be paying for the rest of his life.

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      • wiskeymike

        Spider68, more crack heads and thugs kill people in Franklin than law abiding citizens that carry an firearm.Don’t believe your false profit politicians that just want your vote .

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      • Really

        People like Robert are part of the problem, if he knows what room drugs are being sold out of he should call the police but we know that isn’t going to happen. I drove around Days Inn the other day, all I saw were closed doors, I had no idea which room had drugs. Maybe the police should just “raid” all of the rooms, but wait, that damn pesky 4th amendment to the constitution seems to get in the way.

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      • bmcgrath01

        My heart remains pained and i am praying for the poor child and his family. I had the opportunity” to teach incarcerated students at a maximum security facility. After being “disturbed” from an in-service, I went back to my classroom and asked the students, “What was important in your life when you were 15-18?” Drugs, sex, money,and fast cars.
        I then asked about curfews…..The majority of them had NO CURFEW after the age of 12! It is up to ALL PARENTS to make their children be responsible. Our schools and the Police dept. are not the ones who should have to enforce this lesson. Parents need to do their job!

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  • hellcat

    To all the ingrates who are critical of the police department — the murder of a 6-year-old child is not the fault of the FPD. If you don’t like the goings-on at the motel, go complain to the owners. Go to the corporate headquarters.

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  • shocked

    This is such a sad, sad story. My heart aches for the young innocent child who went through this. Praying for all family members- I can’t even imagine their pain.

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  • ROBERT GREEN

    Drug use goes on at the Days Inn and everyone knows it. Why the police dept. cant do more i don’t know, Just like south street drugs and crime. Just like the other story about Hedgepath, people said he was not hurting anyone. He and all the other drug dealers, growers and hotel users are one of the biggest problems in this area.

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  • simplifyingit

    @simplyme3—–the Days Inn is home for many many drug addicted people. Not sure if this mother lived there or not, though.

    I will say this—-FPD could do more about cleaning up the local motels and the 1400 block of South St. They “see” what goes on there, i’m sure. I’d love an explanation from them on why they basically ignore both locations?

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    • Really

      Why don’t you go down there and ask them? From what I have seen they make arrest after arrest, time after time. I really don’t think the FPD is concerned with your opinion. It’s not a police problem to solve, it’s a society problem. But then again you always seem to have a reason to dig at the FPD.

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      • ROBERT GREEN

        If a Law is being broken then IT IS the Franklin police dept. problem and job to solve the problem.

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      • simplifyingit

        arrest after arrest, time after time…………well instead of sitting in their cars at Wolverine boot factory they could be “raiding” these locations regaularly until the criminal element decides it isnt worth the hassle and moves on to greener pastures.
        yes the judges and attys let em back out…….but the police have to stay vigilant and stay the course. Arrest them every day if need be until they pack their stuff!!

        It’s no use going to 1800 Pretlow and asking questions……the lil one is a “Marxist” style ruler and answers to noone. just ask him.

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    • gd12620

      I disagree… Not solely their problem. All they can do is make the arrest. They can’t control them being let back out on the streets.

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      • ROBERT GREEN

        Very true, our justice system is in need of a major overhaul. Get 10 years and service 3 months, seems to be the norm.

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  • wiskeymike

    Only 2 things go on at the hotels for locals drugs and selling booty.

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  • sweetnjuicy

    Please forgive the typos, I am just very upset. “that” “child” “judgement”

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  • sweetnjuicy

    It never ceases to amaze me how the people in this community can be so insensitive!!!! It is truly sad tht an innocent chid lost his life, but please refrain from passing jugement on the mother if you don’t know the facts. Don’t you think her family is going through enough right now? @hellcat, I hope you never have to go through a loss. Did your choice of name have anything to do with your destination?

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    • jw

      I could give a crap over being “insensitive” to her. The facts are that the Police had enough suspicion and evidence to charge her with MURDER of a 6 YEAR OLD CHILD.
      I can pass judgement all I want, it’s the court system that gives her the presumption of innocence. Her sensitivities are incomparable against the life of an innocent child. And regarding your statement – ” Don’t you think her family is going through enough right now?”
      if her family isn’t ready to seek justice against her, then there is something wrong them also.

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    • gd12620

      I never ceases to amaze me the people who want to take up for the criminals. I couldn’t care less about being insenstive to her. The family, maybe unless they had a hand in it, but definitely not her if she did in fact murder her child.

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    • hellcat

      I do know the facts. All of my sensitivity is reserved for the child who was brutally murdered by his mother. It never ceases to amaze me how people can have any sympathy for anyone who murders her child. This woman obviously should never have reproduced. And I couldn’t say it any better than jw: “I can pass judgement all I want, it’s the court system that gives her the presumption of innocence.” And I really think someone calling oneself “sweetnjuicy” need not be critical of someone else’s name. My name is a salute to my grandfather, who was killed in WWII and served in a battalion nicknamed the Hellcats. My name was chosen out of respect, not vanity.

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  • simplyme3

    So sad! A life that could have been saved! Why wasn’t he at home in bed, getting sleep for school, but instead in a hotel that time of the morning? What is wrong with these young mothers having babies and not protecting them, and keeping them safe? Why were they at a hotel to begin with?

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  • bmcgrath01

    God bless and this child. Why didn’t the woman take him to the hospital or Fire/Police Dept. and just leave him safely?
    A senseless death.

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  • hellcat

    Please sterilize this woman.

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