A disabled girl found dead in a refrigerator caps a week of horrific abuse stories. One day after we reported on an emaciated teen that was starved and padlocked in her room, in surfaces the revolting account of 35-year-old Amber Keyes, a Houston mother whose 9-year-old girl was found stuffed inside of a large crisper drawer in the family’s kitchen refrigerator in June.
Writes USA Today on Dec. 4: “Police said neighbors at the Happy Home Apartment complex became concerned after not seeing Keyes’ child, Ayahna Comb, for several months. On June 10, 2014, a concerned neighbor entered the family’s residence through an unlocked door and found the child wrapped in blankets in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator at about 5:50 p.m.”
Incredibly, this sicko mother continued to use her refrigerator as if nothing was amiss. Comb had cerebral palsy, and her mother unconscionably kept right on collecting her 9-year-old daughter’s Social Security Disability payments, even though the girl was stuffed in the fridge drawer like a head of lettuce.
Investigators said Comb was completely dependent on her mother, and was unable to feed herself, bathe or dress without her mom’s assistance. The Texas mother evidently simply let her daughter waste away and die; her gaunt corpse – weighing only 14 pounds – was found frozen and severely malnourished. Neighbors said Keyes still bottle-fed her daughter.
“By not providing the proper parental care or seeking medical and/or professional assistance for Ayahna’s condition, the defendant caused injury to Ayahna by omission, which led to the death of Ayahna due to neglect,” a probable cause affidavit read. Investigators said the girl’s body gave out; she stopped breathing and her mother let her die. There is no record of paramedics being called, and Keyes admitted to not attempting to resuscitate her.
Ayahna’s father, Armand Comb, who did not live with Keyes and their daughter, said he assumed Ayahna had been alive this whole time. “I just want to know what happened, man, and why. I was right here. I would have helped. I would have done anything,” Comb said back in June in a video interview with khou.com.
Adds the NY Daily News: “Keyes previously lost custody of a third child, who was 18 months old in 2002 when child services learned her boyfriend was abusing the tot and removed the child from the Houston home. After the girl died, Keyes continued to tell the child’s father, Armand Comb, that she was still alive. He even spoke to Keyes, who pretended Ayahna was listening as Comb sang her a song.”
Keyes was briefly jailed in June, under a $50,000 bond, but released. She was arrested again on Tuesday and has now been charged with one count of causing injury to a child. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Ayahna’s death a homicide.
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