Ashley’s story tugged on the heart strings of millions of Americans when she spoke out two years ago about her decision to reject an abortion after being raped.
Ashley prosecuted her rapist, her brother’s friend, and he was charged and convicted on three counts as Ashley wasn’t his only victim.
Her son’s name is Aiden. Ashley continues to speak at pro-life conferences, giving advice to young girls: “Always stay strong and remember you’re not what happened to you in your life, you’re what you choose to become.”
Now 15, Ashley is a freshman in high school and has adapted to her new role as a student and mother. After Aiden’s birth, Ashley discovered that the boy who was convicted of raping her was allowed to attend the same school.
The rapist, who was also a minor when the crime occurred, was protected as a juvenile and his identity was never released. A straight A student, Ashley transferred to an alternative school.
Last summer, Ashley’s family faced another tragedy when her brother was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike. The perpetrator has yet to be identified. Through prayer and assistance from family and friends, the family is putting their lives back together once again.
Ashley and Aiden will be attending the March for Life Conference with the organization Living Exceptions.
Currently, Ashley does not receive support from the State of Indiana. If Ashley files for any kind of government assistance, the state must follow up with Aiden’s biological father for financial assistance but in return, this would mean he can demand visitation rights.
Pro-life speaker Monica Kelsey is updating Life News on Ashley and Aiden’s well-being. She also has updates on her Facebook page. “I am humbled by the support that [everybody] is giving to Ashley and Aiden and the messages of encouragement you are sending to her,” Kelsey posted on Facebook with a photo of the young mother. “Back in 2013 when I met Ashley I never thought that we would have so many faithful supports.”
Donations to Ashley and Aiden are being accepted through Living Exceptions.
High school students Hannah Thomas-Garner, 17, and Sylvia Davis, 15, went missing earlier this week.
Thomas-Garner was reported missing after she failed to return home from a party on Sunday, November 30. The following day, police found her car in Shasta City, California.
Since then, the teen was spotted hitchhiking on Interstate 5 near Dunsmuir, California, south of where her car was found. Surveillance footage from a convenience store in Redding shows a girl believed to be Thomas-Garner.
The runaway is described as blond with blue eyes, 5 feet 6 and 137 pounds. Her disappearance surprised her parents, who described her as a good student, fond of drawing and photography. The girl was recently diagnosed with a kidney infection and needs medication.
According to classmates, Davis also planned to run away prior to her disappearance earlier this week. Police are unsure whether or not Davis planned to travel with Thomas-Garner. No sightings of Davis have been reported.
Davis is 5 feet 9 inches tall, 105 pounds. She has dyed black dreadlocks and hazel eyes.
Officials ask that anyone with information on Thomas-Garner or Davis call the Ashland police department at 541-482-5211.
Salem resident Chloe Nelson, 14, was found safe in California Wednesday after going missing from her home around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Nelson’s disappearance had caused concern among law enforcement officials because it was deemed highly unusual behavior for the teen, though police believed she had left on her own.
The Salem Police Department published a missing person report giving a description of Nelson, noting that she was a 5 feet and 4 inches tall with brown hair and likely carrying a green backpack. The report asked for information from anyone who might have seen her.
Nelson was located early this morning and has since been reunited with her family. Though the investigation is ongoing, Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada shared that Nelson’s disappearance is believed to have been staged, according to the Statesman Journal.
“There were rumors about the nature of her disappearance yesterday, and that’s why we say it was staged,” he said.