Applause was heard in a courtroom on Friday morning after a judge set a $1 million bond for a mother who was accused of sexually abusing her baby.
Ashley Jessup remained silent in her court session after prosecutors said that she admitted to videotaping the sexual acts she performed on her 10-month-old son and E-mailing them to her boyfriend, 10TV’s AJ Smith reported.
The woman who answered the door at Jessup’s home said she was Jessup's mother. She told 10TV she was humiliated about the situation and was focusing on caring for her grandson, Smith reported.
A neighbor, Brendon Zahrndt, said he found the details horrible. Zahrndt is a father of a 14-month-old girl.
“It’s a little disconcerting,” Zahrndt said. “I don’t know that is speaks for the neighborhood as a whole but anytime you hear something like that, as abhorrent as it is, it definitely raises a few eyebrows.”
"I couldn't even imagine somebody doing that to a child, let alone their child, so relating to it would be completely impossible," Zahrndt said.
According to detectives, Jessup sent the video to a boyfriend out of state. His ex-girlfriend turned them in.
Jessup was charged with two counts of rape of a child under 13 years old. If Jessup is convicted she would face life in prison.
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