Earlier this month, 31-year-old Ashley Baskett's neighbor in Cocoa, Florida, became worried about the welfare of her baby, and for good reason.
When the woman went to a nearby suspected drug house to talk to the occupants about a theft, her suspicions about Baskett were confirmed. People inside the building were either sleeping or appeared to be under the influence of drugs, but what really shocked her was what she saw lying on an old mattress.
Baskett had left her one-year-old son there for at least three days without any food or diapers. Nobody inside had been caring for him at all in that time. "Upon meeting with the complainant, deputies observed the child’s diaper visibly saturated with urine and the child’s clothing dirty. The child also had unidentifiable marks on his face," said Brevard County Sheriff’s Office PIO Tod Goodyear.