Crime

Ashley Buckman's 4-Year-Old Daughter Is Brain Dead After Horrific Alleged Abuse From Buckman and Her Boyfriend

UPDATE: 4-year-old Toryn Buckman has died.

A 4-year-old girl is brain dead at Phoenix Children's Hospital after an alleged series of abuses at the hands of her mother and her boyfriend.

Ashley Buckman and her boyfriend James Edwards, both 22 years old, were arrested yesterday after police were called to their apartment, where the 4-year-old girl wasn't breathing.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the girl has injuries to her face, mouth, neck, chest, torso, back, and arms, including burns on her buttocks, genitals, legs, and hands, as well as several broken ribs.

According to the documents, police were called around 8 p.m. Wednesday to Edwards' and Buckman's Phoenix apartment after the child stopped breathing, and the 4-year-old girl was found with injuries "in various stages of healing."

The child is not expected to survive, according to the documents.

Aside from the various injuries mentioned above, police say there was an "obvious pattern injury consistent to a clothes hanger throughout her body."

Buckman admitted to beating her daughter with said clothes hanger, as well as smacking her daughter in the mouth, assaulting her daughter for "disciplinary reasons over an extended period of time," and twisting her nipples until they bled -- nipples the girl no longer has, according to the documents.

According to what Edwards told police, the couple had been assaulting the girl over five or six months, the documents say.

He said he had "disciplin[ed]" the girl using either his hand or a remote control, police say, and admitted to being the guy responsible for the burns on the girl.

That was due to placing her into a bathtub with "scalding hot water" several weeks ago, but those burns were still visible.

Edwards was jailed on two felony child-abuse charges, while Buckman was jailed on four. Edwards' bond was set at $100,000, and Buckman's is $250,000.


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Matthew Hendley
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