Original Post – A couple of weeks ago 21-year-old Katie Furtaw’s 4-month-old Ashley Diaz was taken to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in the middle of the night covered in what reports say were bite marks. Sadly she died in the hospital about an hour later. The coroner hasn’t yet released a cause of death and says that it may be several more weeks before that is known and released. Ashley also had a bruise over her right eye.
Katie Furtaw was arrested last Friday and has been charged with aggravated child abuse. She has been released from the Orange County Jail on $5,000 bond. Law Enforcement are still investigating Ashley’s death and if an arrest is made in that it most likely won’t come until after the ME releases the autopsy report.
Under questioning Katie admitted to biting the baby out of frustration. According to the police report “She said the victim would keep crying after being fed and being given diaper changes and she did not know how to deal with it. She admitted to biting the victim out of frustration between 5 and 10 times“. I know it can be pretty frustrating. While my girls were pretty good babies my son cried all the time, particularly at night when you wanted to sleep. The wife and I were both not much older than Katie but I don’t recall either of us ever abusing our kid because it was frustrating.
Katie is originally from Bayonne, NJ which is where she was living when she had this MySpace account and by the time this one was created she was living in the Bronx. That was in 2007. According to the second profile “my name is katie and iam haveing a daughter in a week she is my life and my heart the love of my life and har name is tatianna. she is my world and my 1 love . i never loved someone the way i love her my baby tatianna forever and always mommy love you so much my love i love you”
Ashley’s grandmother had this to say on her profile status: “in memory of ashley ~! RIP IN PEACE ASHLEY GRANDMA LOVES YOU~! I KNOW YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE.. WITH YOUR TETE MARAGRITA~!”
According to police Ashley’s father was not home at the time that she was found unconscious and Katie Furtaw is the only suspect in the case.
I’ll try and update this post once cause and manner of death have been determined.
Updated 8/26/09 – According to David Lohr
a relative from out-of-state made the statement that “there is no way
she would have done something like this” They went on to say that Katie
was mentally disabled and had been since childhood when she was
diagnosed with lead poisoning and that Katie interacted well with
children.The relative gave the opinion that the baby died from Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome. I guess we’ll see when the cause of death is
Updated 10/17/09 – Katie is currently out on $5,000 bond and there is no case calendar information available at the current time.