BEDFORD COUPLE CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF THEIR CHILD

44 YEAR OLD SHAWN P. ALLISON & 31 YEAR OLD KAILEY J. HUGHES HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF THEIR 4 MONTH OLD FEMALE INFANT. ON 01/02/2021 POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SUPER 8 MOTEL FOR THE REPORT OF AN UNRESPONSIVE INFANT. THE PA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION UNIT ARRIVED AT THE HOTEL, ROOM 216 AT 4:19 AM. THE CRIME UNIT TALKED TO TROOPERS WHO HAD SECURED THE ROOM, AND THE TROPPERS TOLD THE CRIME UNIT, THEY HEARD THE PARENTS ACCUSE EACH OF KILLING THE INFANT. DURING THE INVESTIGATION IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ACTION HAD PAID FOR THE ROOM. THE CRIME UNIT WAS INFORMED BY EMS PERSONNEL THAT THERE HAD BEEN LIVIDITY ON THE INFANT’S BACK UPON THEIR ARRIVAL.

POLICE SPOKE WITH THE TENANTS OF ROOM 214, AND THEY TOLD POLICE THAT THE COUPLE WOULD FIGHT ALL THE TIME AND ALLISON WOULD THREATEN HUGHES. THE TENANTS STATED THAT THEY COULD HEAR ALLISON YELL ” THE THE BABY UP ” THEY TOLD POLICE THE COUPLE ARGUED ALL THE TIME. DURING THE EVENING OF 01/02/2021, THE TENANT STATED HE STAYED UP LATE WATCHING TV AND DID NOT HEAR THE BABY CRYING, WHICH HE THOUGHT WAS OUT OF THE ORDINARY BECAUSE THE BABY WOULD CRY WHEN THE PARENTS WOULD FIGHT. AND AT 3AM THE COUPLE WAS FIGHTING, AND THE BABY WAS NOT CRYING. POLICE SPOKE WITH ALLISON AND HE STATED THE BABY SLEPT IN THE SAME BED AS THE THEM ( THE PARENTS ) IN BETWEEN THEM. SOMETIME DURING THE NIGHT, ALLISON STATED HE WOKE UP AND OBSERVED THE BABY TO BE UNRESPONSIVE, HE WOKE HUGHES UP AND THEY USED THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR’S PHONE TO CALL 911.

POLICE SPOKE WITH HUGHES WHO STATED SHE WOKE UP TO FEED THE BABY AND OBSERVED HER TO BE UNRESPONSIVE, SHE RELATED SHE WOKE UP ALLISON AND TRIED TO DO CPR. HUGHES DESCRIBED ALLISON AS BEING VERY MENTALLY ABUSIVE. POLICE ASKED THE COUPLE IF THEY WOULD CONSENT TO A LEGAL BLOOD TEST TO DETERMINE IF THERE WERE ANY INTOXICANTS IN THEIR BLOOD, BOTH CONCENTED. WHILE POLICE WERE WAITING FOR A WARRANT TO SEARCH THE HOTEL ROOM, THEY CHECKED THE SURVEILLANCE FROM SHEETZ ON MILE LEVEL. IT WAS REPORTED TO POLICE THAT TWO SHEETZ EMPLOYEES REMEMBER HUGHES COMING IN AND ASKING FOR BLEACH AND BAKING SODA. DURING ANOTHER INTERVIEW WITH HUGHES, SHE STATED SHE USED HEROIN IN THE PAST, BUT STOPPED WHEN SHE GOT PREGNANT. SHE ADMITTED SHE TOOK XANAX AFTER EMS LEFT WITH THE BABY TO CALM DOWN, AND ADMITTED THE XANAX DID NOT BELONG TO HER, IT HAD BEEN LEFT IN HER CAR BY A FRIEND. SHE STATED ALLISON WAS MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE, AND COULD NOT HANDLE THE BABY CRYING. HUGHES STATED THE BABY WAS BORN ADDICTED TO SUBUTEX, WHICH WAS CONFIRMED THROUGH MEDICAL RECORDS, AND HAD TO SPEND SEVERAL EXTRA DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER BIRTH. WHEN POLICE ASKED WHY SHE HAD TO USE THE NEIGBOR’S PHONE, SHE STATED, HER PHONE WAS STOLEN BY A HITCHHIKER, AND SHE SMASHED ALLISON’S PHONE DURING AN ARGUMENT. WHEN POLICE ASKED HER ABOUT GOING TO SHEETZ AND ASKING FOR BLEACH AND BAKING SODA, SHE DENIED ASKING FOR BLEACH, BUT WANTED TO BRUSH HER TEETH WITH BAKING SODA.

HUGHES EXPRESSED SEVERAL TIMES THAT SHE BELIEVED SHE OR ALLISON HAD ROLLED OVER ONTO THE BABY. WHEN ASKED WHY SHE TOLD ALLISON HE KILLED HER BABY, SHE STATED SHE DID IT OUT OF ANGER. POLICE THAN INTERVIEWED ALLISON, POLICE REPORT, ALLISON WAS VERY DEFENSIVE AND DID NOT WANT TO ANWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS POLICE ASKED HIM. ALLISON DENIED REMEBERING ANYTHING OTHER THAN WAKING UP WITH THE BABY BETWEEN HE AND HUGHES. ALLISON STATED HE BEGAN CHEST COMPRESSIONS ON THE BABY WHILE HUGHES WENT TO USE THE NEIGHBOR’S PHONE. ALLISON STATED HE DID NOT KNOW WHERE HE OR HUGHES’S PHONE WERE.

ON 01/05/2021 POLICE SPOKE WITH HUGHES STEPFATHER, PAUL A. WILSON, HE RELATED WHILE AT THE HOSPITAL ALLISON WOULD HAVE A SMUG LOOK ON HIS FACE WHILE NOBODY WAS IN THE ROOM WITH HIM. HE RELATED ALLISON WOULD ONLY CRY AND LOOK UPSET WHEN SOMEONE ELSE ENTERED THE ROOM. HE RELATED THAT ALLISON AND HUGHES WERE STAYING AT HIS HOME SINCE 01/02/2021. HE RELATED HE OVERHEARD ALLISON OFTEN TELL HUGHES, THAT SHE KILLED THEIR BABY. HE RELATED ALLISON HAS ALWAYS BEEN MENTALLY ABUSIVE TOWARDS HER AND BELIEVES ALLISON IS TRYING TO TO BEAT HUGHES DOWN TO THE POINT THAT SHE BELEVES SHE KILLED HER BABY. WILSON RELATED BOTH HUGHES & ALLISON HAD PROBLEMS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE. WILSON TOLD POLICE THAT THE COUPLE HAD BEEN LIVING IN A HOUSE THAT WILSON AND HIS WIFE OWNED BUT DID NOT PAY ANY BILLS AND HAD NO HEAT BECAUSE NEITHER WOULD GET A JOB, HE RELATED THEY ALSO DID NOT PAY ANY RENT. WILSON RELATED HE REMOVED THEM FROM THE HOUSE DUE TO FINANCIAL BURDEN.

ON 01/06/2021 POLICE INTERVIEWED DONNA HUGHES WHO IS KAILEY’S COUSIN AND CONFIDANT. DONNA HUGHES RELATED THAT ALLISON REPEATEDLY TRIED TO DRILL INTO KAILEY’S HEAD, THAT SHE KILLED HER BABY. DONNA STATED THAT KAILEY BELIEVED ONE OF THEM SMOTHERED THE BABY WHILE THAT ALL WERE SLEEPING. DONNA RELATED THE PARENTS RELATIONSHIP WAS ABUSIVE, AND THAT ALLISON DID NOT WANT TO BE A FATHER AND DID NOT WANT A FAMILY, BUT THAT KAILEY WOULD ALWAYS CHASING AFTER HIM AND FOLLOW HIM. DONNA STATED KAILEY WOULD FORCE ALLISON TO BE A FATHER THAT HE DID NOT WANT TO BE. DONNA STATED ALLISON ALWAYS WANTED TO DO DRUGS AND CONSTANTLY TRIED TO GET KAILEY TO GET HIM DRUGS. DONNA STATED THAT ALLISON TOLD HER THAT HE WOULD BE GOING TO JAIL FOR THE BABY’S DEATH, BUT THEY WERE GOING TO HANG KAILEY. DONNA STATED SHE OVERHEARD ALLISON TELL KAILEY THAT THEY NEED TO STICK TOGETHER AND NOT TURN ON EACH OTHER. DONNA RELATED A LOT OF THE ARGUMENTS BETWEEN THE TWO WERE DUE TO DRUGS.

ON 01/08/2021 KAILEY HUGHES TOLD POLICE THAT ON 12/31/2020 THAT SHE AND ALLISON HAD BOTH USED HEROIN AND METH AT A FRIENDS HOUSE IN ALTOONA, AND THAT THEY DID THIS WHILE THEY HAD THE BABY WITH THEM. WHEN POLICE ASKED FOR MORE DETAILS, HUGHES ENDED THE INTERVIEW AND LEFT. BUT RETURNED TO CONTINUE THE INTERVIEW LATER. SHE ADMITTED TO TAKING SNORTING XANAX PRIOR TO GOING TO BED ON 01/01/2021, SHE TOLD POLICE SHE DID NOT KNOW WHOSE HOUSE IN ALTOONA THEY HAD BEEN USING DRUGS AT BUT IT WAS A FRIEND OF ALLISON. WHEN THEY ASKED HER ABOUT HER PHONE, SHE TOLD POLICE SHE HAD LIED ABOUT THE PHONE BEING STOLEN BY A HITCHIKER, AND STATED HER PHONE WAS STOLEN BY SOMEONE SHE WAS TRYING TO BUY DRUGS FROM. SHE FURTHER ADMITTED, WHEN ASKED ABOUT TRYING TO BUY BLEACH AND BAKING SODA, SHE HAD LIED ABOUT THAT AS WELL. SHE RELATED SHE WANTED THESE ITEMS TO PURGE HER SYSTEM OF DRUGS TO COVER UP THEIR DRUG USE. WHEN POLICE ASKED IF ALLISON HAD LIED ABOUT ANYTHING, SHE STATED HE WAS A PSYCHOPATH. POLICE CONTACTED ALLISON FOR ANOTHER INTERVIEW, HE REFUSED, AND REQUESTED AN ATTORNEY.

ON 01/20/2021 POLICE RECEIVED BLOOD RESULTS FROM ALLISON. HIS BLOOD CONTAINED 14 NG/ML OF AMPHETAMINE, 120 NG/ML OF METH, 26 NG/ML OF XANAX, 1.9 NG/ML OF FENTANYL, AND 0.61 NG/ML OF FENTANYL METABOLITE. ON 01/27/2021 THEY RECEIVED BLOOD RESULTS FROM HUGHES, HER BLOOD CONTAINED 52 NG/ML OF AMPHETAMINE, 280 NG/ML OF METH, AND 37 NG/ML OF XANAX. ON 01/04/2021 AN AUTOPSY WAS CONDUCTED ON THE BABY, ON 03/05/2021 THE RESULTS WERE PUBLISHED. THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS LISTED AS ASPHYXIATION, THE BABY HAD 2.3 NG/ML OF METH IN HER SYSTEM.

BASED ON THE FACTS CIRCUMSTANCES INCLUDING : A PATTERN OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AROUND THE BABY, A PATTERN OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BETWEEN THE PARENTS, THE INABILITY TO MAINTAIN A RESIDENCE WITH PROPER FACILITIES FOR THEIR INFANT, THE HIGH LEVEL OF INTOXICATION AT THE TIME OF AND SURROUNDING BABY’S DEATH, THE RECKLESS NATURE OF HAVING BEEN SLEEPING WITH THE INFANT IN AN UNSAFE SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT WHILE MANIFESTLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SEVERAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, AND THE PRESENCE OF METH IN THE INFANT’S SYSTEM. POLICE FILED CHARGES AGAINST THE PARENTS. THEY ARE BOTH IN THE BEDFORD COUNTY JAIL ON $500,000 BAIL EACH.

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