Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Self-Inflicted Stab Wounds Land Suspect In Jail

A homeless woman is accused of stabbing herself and then filing a fake domestic violence report to get into a women's shelter. 

"It's real difficult being homeless especially when there's not enough shelters for women," said Ashley Basham during an exclusive jailhouse interview.

Basham told police her partner had attacked her with a knife and police placed her in a domestic violence shelter for her own protection.  She had sustained several stab wounds to her leg.

Under further questioning Murfreesboro police decided her story didn't add up and charged Basham with filing a false report.

"We believe the injuries were self-inflicted," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department.
The police report states that Basham admitted, "... she made this story up and she advised that she stabbed herself so she could get a free place to stay at the domestic violence shelter."

"She took a bed that could have been used for a true domestic violence victim," said Evans.

Basham would not admit during the Newschannel 5 interview that she cut herself in this instance.  But she said she had cut herself in the past.

"I can tell you about self-mutilation. You can ask the hospitals I've been in for mental health," said Basham, who said she suffers from anxiety disorder.

 She remains in the Rutherford County Jail unable to make the $500 bond.