1 Year After Baby's Death, No Charges Filed


Fourteen months after a baby boy's death, the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office said a grand jury may soon decide if someone should be held accountable.

Four-month-old Ashton Kitchen stopped breathing in February 2012, after being taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“I made it home like five minutes after Madison had woke Bill up and pulled him off the couch, like within five minutes, and I'm the one who called 911,” said mother Holly Kitchen.  

Kitchen said her baby boy was, “on my couch with my fiancé, and he rolled on top of him, fell asleep,.”

The boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and died days later.

Now holding onto her 4-week-old girl, Kitchen said her son's death last year was accidental.

“Do I blame Bill? No. I mean, he was taking care of him. Do I have angry moments? Yeah. But that's just part of grief,” said Kitchen. “It bothers me every day, but I mean there's nothing I can do about it. There's nothing I can do to get him back.”

The Franklin County Coroner told 10TV News that the child's injuries were not consistent with Kitchen's account of what happened.

The coroner's report lists the cause of death as a "non-accidental head injury," and has been ruled a "homicide."

Paperwork showed that her office received the case in February of last year, and came to a conclusion by July of 2012. The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office confirmed they have been investigating ever since.

“It's just like a waiting game. Everybody's like, it's a nightmare. I'm like no, it's worse than a nightmare, because a nightmare you wake up from,” said Kitchen.

Children Services was called to the house at the time of the incident.

In a letter, the Fairfield County Prosecutor confirmed he is working on the case, but would not provide any further details.

Kitchen’s fiancé, Bill, told 10TV he relives the baby's death every day.

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