MAYS LANDING – A Barnegat woman was indicted yesterday in connection with the 2015 incident involving injuries sustained by a 2-month-old child in an Atlantic City casino, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
On May 25, 2015 Atlantic City Police and emergency medical services responded to the Bally’s Atlantic Hotel and Casino at approximately 7:30 p.m. for a report of an infant having difficulty breathing. After assessment and treatment by medical services, the child was airlifted to Children Hospital of Philadelphia, in critical condition.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic City Police Department, and the State Division of Protection and Permanency (CP&P) initiated an investigation that culminated with the authorization of charges by the Atlantic County Prosecutor on April 26, 2016 for Aggravated Assault and Child Endangerment against the mother of the child, Ashley M. Godfrey, 19 of Barnegat, NJ.
On April 27, 2016, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Detectives arrested Godfrey at her place of employment in Tom’s River, NJ, charged with:
- Aggravated Assault, for “recklessly causing life-threatening injuries,” to her 2- month-old child, and
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both crimes of the 2nd degree.
Godfrey was transported to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, processes on the arrest, and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, on $100,000 /no 10% bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Patricia Wild.
Yesterday afternoon, February 23, 2017, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Godfrey on the two charges.
The potential penalty if convicted of a 2nd degree crime is 5-10 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison.
Senior Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Buckley represents the State in the matter.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.