Battle over infant spirals into attempted murder
Caleb William Asher, 24, will spend the next 11 years and 9 months in prison for events that occurred on Nov. 1, 2020.
According to court documents, Asher participated in a plan to take a 7-month-old infant away from her custodial grandmother, Tammy Matthews, and return the infant to her birth mother, Breann Redfox.
Early that evening, around 6:30, Robert Stephenson, 50, and Matthews, 50, arrived at her home in Culver. Asher and two other women were waiting for them in the driveway, the baby's maternal grandmother, Veronica Redfox, 55, and the baby's aunt, Kyeesha Alvarez, 25. The baby's mother, Breann Redfox, 24, waited in the car.
Alvarez said she wanted to see her niece and grabbled the car seat holding the baby. In the struggle over the baby, Matthews fell to the ground.
According to the affidavit, Redfox and Alvarez began to kick Matthews in the head and in the stomach. Stephenson says when he tried to help Matthews, Asher hit him in the head with a pistol. As Stephenson turned to call police, he says Asher shot one round that hit him in the elbow and lodged in his chest.
Asher and his companions left with the child. Stephenson and Matthews were taken to St. Charles in Madras. Stephenson was treated and released for his gunshot wounds. Matthews suffered a ruptured spleen and cracked ribs.
All four people involved in the crime were either arrested or turned themselves in. The infant was unharmed and brought to another relative.
Asher pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, a Class B felony, and attempted murder, a Class A felony. Conspiracy to commit a Class B felony and a Class C felony, first- and second-degree custodial interference, second-degree robbery, second- and third-degree assault, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon were dismissed.
The judgement orders Asher and the three women charged in this incident to pay $10,247 in restitution.
Asher does not qualify for any form of reduced sentence or work release and must serve three years of post-prison supervision.
Veronica and Breann Redfox remain in custody. Mother and daughter and Alvarez continue to await trial on their charges.
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