Woman allegedly abandons minor


By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



MIAMI COUNTY — Numerous court hearings were continued this week for a woman accused of abandoning a minor in her custody.

Ashley D. Kline, 31, address unknown, was charged with first-degree misdemeanor child endangering earlier this month and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Her warrant was canceled this week, and she was released on her own recognizance on Tuesday.

According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Kline reportedly left a minor she has custody of at the Piqua Public Library in the middle of January and did not return to pick up the minor. The minor went to a relative’s home and has been staying there since. At that time, police were unable to locate Kline due to her living from “place to place” and having warrants for her arrest for a number of other unrelated charges.

In February, Kline was supposed to write a letter giving the relative consent to make any emergency medical decisions regarding the minor, but Kline reportedly failed to do so.

A pre-trial conference for this case is scheduled for April 12.

Kline is also facing numerous charges in Miami County Municipal Court unrelated to this case, including first-degree misdemeanor theft, first-degree misdemeanor defrauding creditors, first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property, and first-degree misdemeanor complicity.

Also in Miami County Municipal Court:

• Brent M. Brower, 27, of Troy, was found guilty of first-degree misdemeanor possession of drugs, which was amended down from fifth-degree felony possession of drugs, and two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which were amended down from two counts of second-degree misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument. The charges were in connection with incidents reported in Troy in October. Brower was sentenced to a total of 180 days in jail.

• Thomas L. Taylor, 52, of Piqua, was found guilty of fourth-degree misdemeanor menacing, which was amended down from first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing. The charge was in connection with an incident reported on the 700 block of South Wayne Street in Piqua in August. Taylor received a fine and suspended jail time.

• Ralph J. Ross, 49, of Piqua, was found guilty of first-degree misdemeanor passing a bad check, which was amended down from fifth-degree felony theft. An additional charge of fifth-degree felony passing a bad check was dismissed. Ross received a fine and suspended jail time.

• Kyree C. Foster, 25, of Troy, was found guilty of fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which was amended down from second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging. This charge was in connection with an incident reported on the 1300 block of Archer Drive in Troy in October. Foster received a fine and suspended jail time.

• A charge of minor misdemeanor possession of drugs was dismissed against Gregg B. Reaves, 59, of Piqua. Reaves was originally charged after a traffic stop in in the area of South College and Young streets in December.

• Summer A. Oswalt, 37, of Troy, was found guilty of fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which was amended down from first-degree misdemeanor child endangering. The charge was in connection with an incident reported on the 1400 block of Lee Road in Troy in November. Additional charges of first-degree misdemeanor child endangering and minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct were dismissed. Oswalt received one year of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time.

By Sam Wildow

swildow@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336