STANFORD - With less than two weeks to go before the start of her trial for allegedly stealing a newborn baby, Tanya Shelton, 25, entered a guilty plea Thursday in Lincoln Circuit Court to an amended kidnapping charge.
Shelton was charged with taking Grayci Barrows from Fort Logan Hospital in the early morning hours of April 2.
Once hospital officials notified police of the kidnapping, an Amber Alert was issued, and the baby was found several hours later in an alley in Bowling Green by a woman walking her dog. Shelton was working part-time as a nurse's aide at the hospital at the time of the kidnapping.
Thursday's court appearance was a somber event, with family members of the victim and defendant seated on opposite sides of the courtroom.
Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery presented the plea agreement, which was worked out with Shelton and her attorney, Ted Dean of Harrodsburg, to Judge Robert Gillum. The judge accepted the plea after asking Shelton a series of questions to ascertain whether she understood and agreed to the conditions of the plea.