Ashley E. Sterner is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault on a child and recklessly endangering another person for neglecting her infant daughter.
Leesport, PA —
| Ashley E. Sterner
A Leesport woman accused of neglecting her infant daughter was held for court following a hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Ashley E. Sterner, 29, of the 500 block of Pine Street is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault on a child and recklessly endangering another person for neglecting her infant daughter, who lost weight in her first three months in what a doctor described as one of the worst cases she has seen, Berks County detectives said in May when they announced the charges.
She remains free while awaiting further court action after the hearing before District Judge Brian K. Strand.
According to detectives:
They received a referral from the state Department of Human Service Childline on Jan. 8. The report identified an infant who had suffered from an extreme case of failure to thrive.
Detectives immediately began an investigation.
They learned the infant was born Oct. 19, 2018. She weighed about 6 pounds, 4 ounces shortly after birth.
Sterner didn’t take her daughter to any scheduled medical appointments until Jan. 4, when she took her to a pediatrician for a wellness checkup.
The doctor examined the girl and was so concerned about her weight loss and health that he directed Sterner to take her daughter immediately to the hospital.
The infant was admitted to a hospital Jan. 4 and weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces.
The attending physician at the hospital described the infant as skin and bones. The baby had lost weight during her first three months and stopped growing vertically and in head size.
She was in the final failure-to-thrive stage and would not have survived without medical intervention.
No known pre-existing medical conditions or concerns were evident.
Over the course of several weeks, the baby gained weight and her overall health improved. When she was discharged from the hospital after 10 days, she weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
The child has been placed in foster care.