Woman allegedly abuses baby while performing sex acts on video chat with inmate

Jessica Ahlbrand (Facebook)


Jeremy Chisenhall

Lexington Herald-Leader

May 20—A northern Kentucky woman is accused of letting her toddler eat marijuana snacks and performing sexual acts in front of the child while on video chat with her incarcerated boyfriend, according to the Boone County sheriff’s office.

Jessica Ahlbrand, 22, was arrested Wednesday after investigators reviewed multiple video chats between Ahlbrand and her boyfriend, who is an inmate at the Boone County Detention Center. During the video calls, Ahlbrand said she couldn’t find her marijuana “snacks” and allegedly suggested an 18-month-old child had eaten them.

She showed her boyfriend photos of the child who “appeared to be under the influence and incoherent,” according to the sheriff’s office. The two laughed at the photos.

During the same May 10 video call, Ahlbrand allegedly went into the baby’s room and performed sex acts on herself in front of the child, according to the sheriff’s office’s statement. Ahlbrand and her boyfriend had another video call on Saturday, during which she allegedly performed sex acts on herself in front of the child again.

Ahlbrand was charged with sexual abuse involving a victim under 12 and criminal abuse involving a victim under 12, according to jail records. She was taken to the Boone County Detention Center and held on a $250,000 bond.

The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services took custody of the 18-month-old, according to the sheriff’s office.

Ahlbrand is also facing more than a dozen charges in a drug possession and trafficking case, according to court records. One of the 16 charges includes endangering the welfare of a minor. She’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case on Monday.

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