The discovery of miscarriage instructions strengthens the statements made by family members that Shelton may have previously miscarried. The instructions were printed at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lexington, in March 2003.
The miscarriage instructions and follow up care sheet were found in Shelton's bedroom near a list of "6 Steps to Having a Baby."
Putting together a puzzle
Edwards said his investigation was similar to putting together a puzzle, and the results of the search warrant were additional pieces to the picture as a whole. "Every little piece of the puzzle helps," said Edwards. He declined to comment further on how the new puzzle pieces would affect the case. Shelton's family said that, despite difficulty conceiving and a past miscarriage, she had always wanted a baby.
"She had told us she's been pregnant before," said Juanita Rayens, Shelton's great aunt.
Two weeks ago, Rayens and Shelton's mother, Sherry Emerson had held a baby shower in Danville for the supposedly-expecting Shelton.
"I was just shocked, totally shocked. We had the baby shower for her and they were getting their new baby room together. It was just so nice," said Emerson in an earlier interview with Louisville's Courier-Journal.
Shelton pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday, and is now lodged at the Lincoln County Regional Jail on a $200,000 cash bond. She could be indicted on Friday by a Lincoln County grand jury.
Shelton is scheduled to next appear in court at 2 p.m. April 12 for a preliminary hearing.
Meanwhile the Stanford Police Department is drawing praise from the mayor for its quick response and prevention of a tragedy.
"I'm very proud of our police department, every member," said Stanford Mayor Eddie Carter. "I think our police department, with their very quick response with getting the Amber Alert out; I just want to compliment the whole police force for getting on this so quickly. They did an outstanding job."