Houston & Peach

Warner Robins woman free on $25,000 bond in infant death

Ashley Camille Whitehead
Ashley Camille Whitehead

A Warner Robins woman is free on a $25,000 bond in connection with the death of an 11-month-old boy four years ago.

Ashley Camille Whitehead, 23, was indicted Nov. 28 by a Houston County grand jury on one one count each of malice murder and felony murder.

The indictment accused Whitehead of causing the death of Peyton Taylor by striking him with an unknown object.

Whitehead was the girlfriend of the child’s father, Charles Michael Taylor, at the time of the Dec. 14, 2013, incident, according to Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Shepherd.

The boy died Dec. 21, 2013, at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Taylor was originally charged with murder and aggravated battery in the death of his son. His case has not been indicted, nor the charges dismissed, court records show.

Taylor is free on a $50,000 bond that includes electronic monitoring and house arrest with the exception of traveling to and from work, the bond order says.

Thursday's bond order for Whitehead includes no special conditions. She was formally charged Friday and made bond in 85 minutes, Houston County jail records show.

Taylor initially told authorities that his son “pushed off, was released out of his arms and fell to the floor” while at Taylor’s Warner Robins home.

Taylor has since told authorities that the child was actually in the care of Whitehead when the boy suffered a severe impact to his head. Medical personnel told authorities in 2013 that they did not think the injuries could have been accidental.

Peyton Taylor’s obituary said his nickname was “Monkey.” The notice described him as “an adventurous baby boy who loved to laugh and smile, touching many hearts and lives.”

Telegraph archives were used in this report.