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Mother gets life in prison for sexually assaulting her 10-month-old son

Ashley Jessup, 25, has been sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault of her 10-month-old son. Photo via screen capture from 10TV News.

Ashley Jessup, 25, has been sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault of her 10-month-old son.

Jessup, who resides in Camden Circle, Ohio, admitted to the assault, during which she filmed herself performing sex acts on her baby, and will not be eligible for parole for 15 years.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Jessup plead guilty to one count of rape but did not give any explanation as to why she did it.

She was seen wiping tears from her eyes during the sentencing, but when Judge Pat Sheeran asked if she would like to make a statement she declined and said she didn’t have anything to say.

“The court is at a complete loss to explain how this could have happened,” Judge Sheeran said. He said that in over 30 years as a lawyer, magistrate and judge that this was “one of the most unusual cases” he had ever seen.

Police say that Jessup sent the video by e-mail to her boyfriend that lives in another state and his ex-girlfriend reported both of them to the authorities.

Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Hawkins said that in the videos, Jessup can be seen performing oral sex on her baby and putting her hands on his genitals.

Jordan Russell, Jessup’s boyfriend, plead guilty to child sexual abusive computer activity in Michigan in June and received a sentence of 3 to 20 years in prison.

The baby’s maternal grandmother has custody of him.  She told 10TV News that she is humiliated by what has happened and her focus is on caring for her grandchild.  While she said she has not spoken to her daughter, she told reporters that she hoped her daughter got help in prison for any mental illness she may have to do what she did to her son.

Sources:  10tv, The Columbus Dispatch