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Sheriff's Daughter Held In Burning Case

Indianapolis Star via YellowBrix

November 14, 2010

GREENFIELD, IN – Greenfield police arrested the daughter of Hancock County Sheriff C.K. “Bud” Gray on allegations that she scalded her 2-year-old daughter and lied to police.

Ashley Craft, 21, was charged with felony child neglect and misdemeanor false informing after her daughter Ashley was treated for badly burned hands Sept. 14 at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Greenfield Police Department Assistant Chief Derek Towle said.

Craft was arrested Wednesday, Towle said.

Craft told police she accidentally burned Ashley while trying to clean ink off the girl’s hands. Later, she told police her ex-boyfriend caused the burns, a probable cause affidavit filed in Hancock Superior Court said.

Ashley suffered second- and third-degree burns to the backs of both hands, according to the court documents. A doctor told police the burns were not the result of an accident.

Gray is Craft’s adoptive father, Towle said. County commissioners stripped Gray of his duties, but not his title or elected position, after his arrest in August on allegations of obstructing justice in an investigation over the misuse of department funds.

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