Photo of mom allegedly smoking meth next to baby leads to arrest

RICHMOND, Mo. -- A Ray County mom is facing felony charges after a photo of her allegedly smoking meth in the presence of her baby.

Authorities charged Ashley Ann Lewis, 28, with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child on Friday.

A photo began circulating on Facebook of Lewis apparently smoking the drug from a glass pipe with her 6-month-old daughter lying on the couch right next to her.


The original post, which has since been deleted, was captioned, "Please help my friend Ashley Lewis and I stop using meth. We can't even stop with a baby around. We need help!"

After becoming aware of the photo, police located a hotel where Lewis was living and conducted a search Friday night. They found a total of eight glass smoking pipes, among other drug paraphernalia. The pipes tested positive for methamphetamine residue. Lewis admitted they belonged to her.

"She said the picture was about a month old, and she did indicate that it was her smoking meth in the picture," Det. Scott Bagley with the Richmond Police Department said. Bagley said the photo was posted on the Facebook page of a friend of Lewis by an unknown third party.

"She was obviously very upset, believing that life was over, that she was going to no longer get to see her kid," Bagley added.

Lewis's mother told FOX 4 her daughter has made a huge mistake and needs rehabilitation for her drug use.

Lewis is currently held in the Ray County jail on a $15,000 bond and is expected to appear in court next week.

There is also a warrant for her arrest in Lafayette County, where investigators said the photo was taken.

If convicted of the charges, Lewis could face up to 15 years in prison.

Lewis's 6-month-old daughter is in protective custody.