Shelton's trial set for Nov. 3

August 17, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

STANFORD - A Lexington woman who is charged with kidnapping a day-old infant here wasn't in court for a hearing Monday, but she has a trial date, Nov. 3.

Tanya Dionne Shelton, 24, didn't come the courtroom where Judge Robert Gillum had allowed TV and newspaper cameras to set up to take her picture.

She was working part-time as a nurse's aide at Fort Logan Hospital in April when police believe she took a newborn and left her in an alley behind a consignment store in Bowling Green. The baby was found by a woman walking her dog.

The baby, Grayci Barrows, is the daughter of Samantha Luttrell and Cory Barrows, who were seniors at Casey County High School. The parents were in court Monday. Shelton's mother, Sherry Emerson, a nurse at Fort Logan Hospital was also in court.


Shelton's attorney, Ted Dean, said that Shelton wanted to waive her appearance in court, but offered no explanation.

The ensuing discussion was brief.

Dean, a Harrodsburg attorney, asked Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery to send him state police photos of the alley where the infant was found.

The judge confirmed the trial date.

Shelton has also been charged with possession of two blank prescription pads, a felony, in Simpson County and writing bad checks to Lexington restaurants in August and September.

She is in Lincoln County Regional Jail, and is charged with kidnapping and second-degree burglary.

Shelton had told family members and co-workers that she was pregnant and due April 21. She had a baby shower March 27, but a family member has said she didn't look pregnant.

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