Ashley Taylor Wright, Shoplifting Suspect, Allegedly Tosses Baby At Cop Trying To Arrest Her

07/17/2013 03:22 pm ET
  • David Moye Pop culture journalist, HuffPost Weird News
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

When cops wanted to throw the book at Ashley Taylor Wright for suspected shoplifting, she allegedly responded by tossing her infant daughter back at them.

Wright, a 23-year-old resident of Pensacola, Fla., allegedly tried to use her baby stroller to smuggle about $260 worth of clothing from the dressing room of a Dillard's in Mary Esther, Fla., according to WTSP-TV.

Cops said she was able to get inside her Nissan Pathfinder, where her husband was in the driver's seat and two other children, ages 2 and 4, were sitting in the back.

A deputy approached Wright and tried to get her out of the car, but she screamed at her husband to get in the car, according to police.

Then she allegedly grabbed a baby carrier and screamed to the arresting officer, "You will have to shoot through the baby to get me!” according to The Smoking Gun.

Wright allegedly ran from the car and threw the car seat with the baby inside at the deputy. The infant was not injured, ABCActionNews.com reported.

Cops said Wright attempted to run off but was quickly captured by the officer after a brief scuffle during which she received a laceration to her face, LocalTV15.com reported.

She was charged with child abuse without bodily harm, petty theft, and resisting an officer without violence. The last charge inspired Miami New Times to make this observation: "So apparently throwing a baby at someone does not count as resisting an officer with violence in the eyes of the law."

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