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Mother of baby left on porch is indicted

A Lexington mother accused of leaving a newborn baby on a front porch has been indicted on felony charges.

In an indictment released Wednesday, a Fayette grand jury charged Ashlee Stephens, 23, with abandonment of a minor, a Class D felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Stephens is accused of leaving her child at a house on Lincoln Avenue, near downtown Lexington, on July 2. Stephens lived nearby on Catalpa Road but did not know the woman who lived there, police say.

The state's Cabinet for Health and Family Services took custody of the baby, who was found wrapped in blankets and put in a laundry basket on the front porch.

Stephens is scheduled to be arraigned in Fayette Circuit Court on Nov. 7.

It is legal to anonymously leave a child at a hospital or police station, but laws prevent adults from intentionally abandoning minors and placing them at risk of injury, according to police.