Ashley Buckman's 4-Year-Old Daughter Dies From Injuries, Now It's a Homicide

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Ashley Buckman (left) and James Edwards are now the suspects in a homicide investigation.
Ashley Buckman's 4-year-old daughter died last night, just one day after Buckman and her boyfriend, James Edwards, were arrested for horrific alleged abuses of the girl.

Toryn Buckman was pronounced brain dead when she was brought to Phoenix Children's Hospital on Wednesday night, after what Edwards told police was five or six months of abuse of the girl.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the girl had injuries to her face, mouth, neck, chest, torso, back, and arms, including burns on her buttocks, genitals, legs, and hands, as well as several broken ribs and ripped-off nipples.

According to those documents, police were told that the girl was not expected to survive, and Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times the girl died Thursday night.

When authorities arrived at Buckman and Edwards' Phoenix apartment, they noticed an "obvious pattern injury consistent to a clothes hanger throughout her body," in addition to the other injuries.

Thompson says homicide investigators were handling this case from the get-go, adding that some of the longtime investigators are saying this is one of the worst child-abuse cases they've ever seen.

Buckman admitted to beating her daughter with said clothes hanger, as well as smacking her daughter in the mouth, assaulting her daughter for "disciplinary reasons over an extended period of time," and twisting her nipples until they bled -- nipples that were eventually ripped off, according to the documents.

Thompson says the two most recent incidents came on Tuesday, when the girl was beaten by her mother for a bathroom-in-the-bed incident, and again on Wednesday, when she told investigators she hit her daughter for being "naughty again."

It's around the time of that last beating that the girl went unconscious, and 911 was called.

At her initial appearance before a judge, Buckman changed her story, saying she gave her attorney proof that she didn't do anything.

According to what Edwards told police, the couple had been assaulting the girl over five or six months, the documents say.

He said he had "disciplin[ed]" the girl using either his hand or a remote control, according to the documents, and admitted to being the guy responsible for the burns on the girl.

That was due to placing her into a bathtub with "scalding hot water" several weeks ago, but those burns were still visible.

Edwards was jailed on two felony child-abuse charges, while Buckman was jailed on four, but the best guess is that's going to change now that it's a homicide case.



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samaragraham
samaragraham

They both are disgusting and need prayers.

dianegirk
dianegirk

Put these damn people to death for abusing these kid's. Now don't feed & cloth them, kill these bastards now. these children did not ask to be born & to suffer like this. Kill these bastards, these are sick ass people with no place for them on this earth. I would not hesitat to kill someone who abuses a child. If these people were kept locked up, our problem of them would be solved. Joe Arpio ain't going to do shit for these kid's, That's a FACT!

Sawahsweetie
Sawahsweetie

Do to them as they did to the child.. Those scumbags. Poor baby :(

Ritzarichardsin
Ritzarichardsin

Well Mr.Toryn should have been apart of this little girls life....an if he was, he would have seen all the abuse that was going on..

The_german_reble
The_german_reble

Her family isn't saying that at all they are shocked as well my sister is the one holing up Ashley's mom at the funeral.

The_german_reble
The_german_reble

She was never abused as a child get the facts right ad he's just to blame as se is cause he never stopped it or reported it. I'm just glad it never happens to whisper " the other baby in the home "

Eemylife1617 Js
Eemylife1617 Js

Whats more sad is her family saying she didnt do it the boyfriend did even if it was like that how can u let anyone hurt ur baby I would kill them!! Ashley new and I know she had some part too I dont care wat anyone says that was her baby she should of loved her love u my tryon hailey....

The_german_reble
The_german_reble

I grew up with Ashley hers siblings and mother being part of my family . Her mother beer abused her and I won't make excuses for her actions and I personally agree with most of your comments and would live to see them executed after being tortured in the worst ways and it's sad this happened and now that poor baby won't have to suffer anymore. And now hopefully her other 5 month old won't have to endure that same treatment. I also have a 4 year old that I'd kill anyone who harmed her.

Wendy Sharon Harrison
Wendy Sharon Harrison

I can't begin to believe how twisted you must be to hurt a child... especially your own... Just makes me want to go an hug my baby girl and tell her how pretty and perfect she is. Something that poor child probably never heard or felt... breaks your heart truly to think of how she must have felt, not just the physical pain but the anguish of being hurt by the person that should protect you....

Aa14520
Aa14520

Hope they rot in hell !!!! Disgusting!!!!!!!

TheTruth
TheTruth

You gotta take a side. You molest a child, you beat a child, you're not on my side. If you see me coming, you better run, because I am gonna lay you the fuck down! fucking beat them to death.leave them in general population and the universe will sort it's self out

Nickpaul089
Nickpaul089

:'-( its heart breaking that someone can do that to a child, that is a crime that should be punishable by either population control or the prison system or death penalty

Akaylal24
Akaylal24

She didn't derserve to die a child can't defend themselves, if they really didn't want there child they should of gave her away to someone who cares to me they sounds like  there crackheads and had a child for a collecting money. They derserve the same treatment deff.

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

both of those POS killers should be hung by their gentials or by their nipples until they rip off or bleed to death.

Guest
Guest

Child abuse is so common nowadays. After having read of the trailor park pedophile ring where a baby held down to be raped, nothing surprises me. In Australia, there was a child abuse incident when a 2 year old girl was forced to take a bath in scorching hot water and when she screamed, her father continuosly punched her in the face at full force until she died. Another incident in the UK where a baby dubbed "little baby p" had been living with broken ribbs from child beating for some time before he passed away. I believe you have to be assessed with some emotional intelligence before you're allowed to have children!! Otherwise you need to give the child up for adoption.

Jernshan05242008
Jernshan05242008

he arresting officers should have shot both of them to death and said that they had some sort of weapon no good waste of cum motherfukers

Backoff1966
Backoff1966

This is very very sad that poor little child being abused the way she was ...why do they do if they don't want the child turn her over to someone who does. I hope to GOD those abusers gets what's coming to them ROT in jail life without parole. 

Peachphillips
Peachphillips

First of all, the girl must be special needs and it is obvious that the boyfriend is retarded. Who the hell would allow them to continue to torture this baby. It has to be some family, friends, somebody involved in their life who would see this. And the mother is only worried about herself. These people are psychotic and should be put in a place with no windows, left over garbage, and urine water. Yes, I am mad as hell. What is wrong with our society that nearly everyday you hear these types of horrific crimes. Ugh. This makes me extremely mad.

Miss Penelope
Miss Penelope

amazing that she's concerned about getting her kids back. HELLO. You beat your child to death!

Mandal4387
Mandal4387

what is wrong with people! sick! i am a mother and i just cant understand how people would want to hurt their own offspring like this! its terrible! and if there were previous calls about the abuse, then why didnt anyone step in to help this poor innocent child!!!! unreal!

Sirkissa
Sirkissa

Damn them both! I'm horrified and sickened and livid. Why does this keep happening? Damn it! I wish they'd have the same thing done to them, to the 10th power!

anonymous
anonymous

this is horrible she went to my school in Maine i knew there was something with that girl............................................. may her daughter rest in peace  

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I sure hope MontyPug ups the charges to capital murder and seeks the death penalty.

Rest in peace Toryn. May the Lord Jesus Christ watch over you for all eternity.

As for these two disgusting assholes, I would love to pull a Mussolini on them...

hay
hay

knew the family very shortly but did not think she was in any harm. i seen in her lil eyes she had a lil worried look The last time i seen her and i asked the mother what's wrong with Toryn she said nothing I'll be back later and never came back. I feel horrible for not helping even tho i hardly knew them it sucks! Toryn was a beautiful lil girl smart happy very polite i just am in shock because her mother showed nothing but love to Toryn but that goes to show how fake and disruptive this world is..... Toryn Haily Buckman may you please FORGIVE ME for not seeing signs and not helping you God will see thru they get what they deserve cause i know im reaping what i could have done for you......
I just knew you for a short time but im glad i got to share some moments with you <3
RIP

Anasazigypsy
Anasazigypsy

It is my thought that if this child, and the many others who have suffered at the hands of adults, had their extended families more present in their lives, the abuse would have been discovered and ended much sooner. Absent dad? Too busy aunt? Don't get along grandma? Make a change and be part of the lives of those vulnerable children. The life you save may be family.

So sad!
So sad!

This poor child - so young and subjected to so much cruelty in her short life. Can you imagine the pain this child endured??? At least she is free from these monsters now!   So sad - rest in peace, baby girl!

Guest
Guest

I think it's funny how people can only run their mouths online about people they've never met or spent time around. James was a fellow employee that I worked literally standing right next to nearly all day everyday, and he always seemed to be a normal, good guy, that's why this incident was such a shock when I got wind of it. He had mentioned disciplining the little girl before however, but only by spanking on her behind or time-outs just like any other normal parent does, but never anywhere close to the extent of the alleged charges. I still can't ever see him harming a child that maliciously, or at all for that matter (other than a spanking or time-out). But he has mentioned Ashley's behavioral problems before, so that leads me to believe that this situation was more her fault than his (which she even admitted, right before changing her story completely for some reason). I had only met her once or twice at work however, so I can only go off of what I was told. But according to police, she was also a victim of pretty bad abuse when she was younger, where as James wasn't, so he would've had no motive for this kind of behavior. Has anyone noticed however, that as stated on multiple websites, he admitted to police he was to blame for the bath water incident and hasn't changed any stories (which if you read correctly, was NOT discipline related. So was it just another bath with the hot water accidently turned up way too high like we've all done to ourselves at some point? Did he put her in without feeling the water temp first since a child's skin can be burned alot easier than an adult's? Or did she just get in by herself accidentally if he walked away for just a second?...), but she admitted to the severe beatings of the child and has been changing her story around? And it's also funny how her family members have come forward trying to defend her and to pin it all on James, yet he has no family even in the state that would be able to defend him, so it makes him look worse in the public spotlight because no one is standing up for his side of the story. I understand EVERYONE has their pissed off days however, and say things
out of anger that shouldn't be said, but never go through with it. We've
ALL been there, so the public shouldn't be so quick to judge without looking at themselves in the mirror. However, I DO AGREE that no matter what the situation, anger/violence should NEVER be taken out on a child, even if it is the child's behavior that's causing it, and this is coming from someone who was also abused as a child, so there's no excuse for this kind of behavior from ANYONE.

Sorry to everyone for typing so much, but everyone should really get their facts straight before voicing their opinions, because they are both still human beings just like the rest of us.

Lbachman_89
Lbachman_89

you lay with dogs u get fleas. i knew this girl and she was never decent. and her choice of "men" was nutting but  scum.

The_vampuppy08
The_vampuppy08

Poor lil girl.. you will be sorely missed but your safe now hunny. that psycho bitch should be ripped apart limb by limb. i kbiw the lil girls daddy and he will never be the same again..he loves his daughter more than anything else and because of her crazy mother dhes gone now. She WILL get what she deserves for puttin that girl through hell and stealing her away from the life she couldve had and taking her away from her daddy and everyone else who loved and cared about her

Eemylife1617 Js
Eemylife1617 Js

Tryon hailey we love u and im so glad god has u ur where like my own and im sry this happen... I love u tia u and ur family im sry u have to deal w this.... We are all here for u!! Rest in peace tryon!!!!

Holly_reynoso711
Holly_reynoso711

Sick twisted people...I hope these two get what
They deserve! They ought to spend their life in prison being beat up and tortured by other inmates...i'd kill em, or sentence them to the death penalty but doubt that will happen...so let em suffer brutal punishment at the hands of other inmates while they do their time !!!

Chrissystaples
Chrissystaples

Her father is,like a,son to me and this makes me sick I criedany tears reading this and hope these two scumbags,get what,they deserve...

dianegirk
dianegirk

Why the hell didn't you do something to stop it if you knew she was being abuses. Your as sick of a fuck as they are. You should NOT have any children. People like you should not bread!  You say hopefully the 5 month old won't be hurt, Bitch your just as responsible as they are, you knew & let it happen. You are one worthless piece of shit!!!!!!!!! Who in their right mind would fuck you anyway, you are worse than trash

Guest
Guest

They hadn't told her that she Toryn died prior to that, so she was under the impression she was still alive and so was James. It was a really stupid thing to say though, because even if she had lived, she would've never seen her kids again.

My2Cents
My2Cents

The front they themselves and they have their kids put up, sometimes can fool everyone, please don't blame yourself for what these animals did to her.  Seems to me by your statement that had you known you would have seen to getting help for her.  Just know she no longer suffers at their hands.

Guest
Guest

Sadly, I believe we can all agree with this. However, put yourself in the family member's/friend's shoes also. If someone is sick and twisted enough to do this to their own little flesh and blood child, imagine what the person would possibly do to the person that notified the authorities if they weren't arrested the second they were called and they found out who it was. Either nothing, or possibly things more horrible than what this little girl had to endure. Terrifying things like that happen all the time all around the world, even here, whether we hear about it on the news, internet, etc or not. So yes, this situation is downright horrible, but also could've been alot worse if they really are the monsters that everyone is making it seem like.

My2Cents
My2Cents

Unfortunately, sometimes even close family don't see the signs.

pdnm
pdnm

I happen to be the grandmother of James' other 2 kids...who live in a state VERY close to Arizona, along with family members he claims to not be on this side of the country.  I've known James since he was 15, and, I am here to tell you that you have been duped, dear guest.  I would give anything to have your e-mail address so that I could fill you in on your "friend's" life story and lies.  Please don't waste a lot of time trying to defend him.  I totally understand where you're coming from, but you don't know his story.  Or that he has 2 other kids who are terrified of him because, not only did he abuse them...he and Ashley tortured Toryn in front of them.  They are 2 and 3.  He was never your friend.  He's just the master of telling people whatever makes him look good.  I hope you will try to get in touch with me.

My2Cents
My2Cents

No, unfortunately, it just goes to show you don't always really know the person standing next to you.  If he knew the woman had issues on disciplining her child...he should have stepped up... this was not a first time this thing has happened to that little girl.  The only fact I need is that poor child is dead, due to the birthpod and this man that didn't step in and stop it, even if he wasn't involved in harming that child.

My2Cents
My2Cents

Was the father active in the child's life, just curious?

danetteg826
danetteg826

@dianegirk 

She didn't say she knew the abuse was happening to the 4 year old!  She said she knew that the woman was abused as a child!  Read the comments better before you start yelling at people!

Guest
Guest

Yes, I do agree with you on that one that he should've done what was right, however she should've also made the right decision to not be a psycho. Like I said in my previous post, coming from someone who went through some pretty bad abuse through most of my childhood, I know first hand that most of the time the other parent will look the other way as if in a state of denial, even when the person also abuses them too. It's easy for people to say "should've done this or that" when they've never been in that situation themselves. It's not as easy as people would think, but if anyone in here has been in that situation, they would know how it feels and see where I'm coming from. And yes, it is extremely horrible that she had to lose her life for justice to be served. Only problem with all this is that the only people that know the complete truth of the situation is James, Ashley, and little Toryn, who is unfortunatly no longer here to tell the complete true side of it. Like I said, it just seems like the mother's family is doing everything they can to keep her out of trouble and pin everything on him after she already admitted she was guilty of the worst parts, then retracted her statement with supposed proof to her lawyer, where as he doesn't have a lawyer, doesn't have family on this side of the country, and has no contact with anyone or anyone to tell his side other than the people that actually knew him, like me and quite a few other people from work. So he's basically at the mercy of the public and justice system, which will obviously be by a jury of random citizens that will probably feel the same way as everyone on here because they don't know the accused on a personal level. Granted she did lose her life due to injuries sustained from this most recent abuse, I also believe that the incidents like in the bath tub are being over exaggerated to an extent, because I did see and talk to this little girl and the mother face to face after that supposedly took place, and there was no obvious signs of her being burned, beaten, abused, or in any type of pain or unhappy state; she just seemed like a normal little girl. Kinda quiet though, but me and him were busy working at the time, and she was aware that she wasn't allowed to bother us while visiting at work like a well-mannered child should be; aka not screaming, causing a scene, etc like alot of people's kids do in public. Yeah, you may be right about not always knowing the person as well as you think, but he has never given me, or anyone else that knows him that I've talked to about this, any reason to think that he's the monster that everyone is making him out to be. However, I didn't know Ashley on a personal level however, only by what he's told me, so it's not really my place to make assumptions about her. Like I said though, there's only 3 people that know the ultimate and complete truth about what happened in that house before emergency crews were called, one of which has passed away, and the other 2 which have now been outcast by society and had their credibility ruined in the public eye. Only questions I have for everyone now is, how would you (everyone in general, not asking any one person) feel if a good friend of yours was in this position, or even worse, you yourself?
What if they actually do decide to go with the death penalty and an innocent
person is put to death? Will you all react the same way to that as the
innocent little girl dying? I highly doubt it. But that's assuming someone doesn't take him out in prison since he's supposedly committed crimes against an innocent little child, which automatically paints a target on you from day one on the inside. But only time shall tell
at this point.

Guest
Guest

Fox10 News site:

After looking through records, police believe Buckman had been
repeatedly abused as a child.  "..and appears that it was passed from
generation to generation," said Thompson.

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/st...

joe
joe

Youve got to be kidding, ripping off the nipples off a child??? WTF are you trying to justify him for?? The girl lived in Guantanomo and your trying to make excuses for him??

Dot Ashley23
Dot Ashley23

People will always judge, it's our nature. But I agree with you 100%. The media exaggerates certain elements of every crime to get people to jump on the hate bandwagon. This kind of story stirs up a whole lot of emotions from people and it's easier to judge and jump on the bandwagon than it is to try to have some compassion for the people involved. Abuse breeds abuse and even though what happened to that little girl is horrendous, you have to ask yourself why a person would do such a thing. It's not natural to harm your children as a mother. There are some loose wires and other major underlying issues that this woman obviously has. People will always talk...and in cases like this we all want to see someone crucified. People will always say "I would have done this or that" but until you live a situation, you have  no idea what it's like. This story should wake up the public to abuse in general and instead of crucifying an obviously crazy woman and her husband, we should be getting the root of the problem and trying to eliminate it. Hating these people does nothing to bring back this little girl. If you want to live in the days of hanging people in the public square, than you can move to the middle east, but here, we're civilized right? Have some compassion when this woman didn't. That's what makes you better than them and above animals. Jesus Christ.

LP
LP

I agree with Dawn80, you need therapy.  I think you are too busy defending your buddy / co-worker to realize a 4 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS TORTURED / MURDERED AT THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE SUPPOSED LOVE AND PROTECT HER!  Please do not reply to my post, better yet, don't reply here at all because everyone on here has the same opionion, your buddy and that bitch are disgusting human beings!  If he didn't do anything, he sure as hell didn't stop it, they're both scum!  So sick of people hurting innocent children...and here's this moron defending the abusers?! WTF??

Guest
Guest

Yes, I am well aware of what you said about the water temp. And are you also aware that a small child's skin burns extremely easy compared to an adult's? So yes, if he intentionally burned her with water, that is extremely f**ked up and he will be punished for that. But look at everything she admitted doing to the child....before she retracted her statements and came with supposed proof. Alot worse than what he's being charged with. Police/investigators even said that she was the one who inflicted the fatal beating, not him. And it's not the fact that I'm siding with an offender, it's the fact that I'm trying to also show that there is another side to the story than what the media is putting out there, because I did know these people on a personal level, unlike everyone on here. I saw the guy on an all day, nearly everyday basis over the past year, and the mother and daughter on multiple occasions and nothing ever seemed wrong in any way with any of them, including the severely abused child. And yes, I understand what you mean about 'not being arrested because of his innocence', but as I stated, the only people that know the EXACT truth of what happened is him, her, and the little girl. Were you there when it happened? No. So who are you to judge? Just like any other random person. And on a side note, you don't know me in any way, shape, or form. So as far as telling me I need professional help or need to choose friends more wisely, maybe you should mind your own business. So if he really is guilty of everything, he's managed to play everyone for fools the whole time perfectly. So if that's the case and it's so easy to cover up, then take a minute to think that people YOU know may possibly be murderers, abusers, etc and you wouldn't even know it.

Dawn80
Dawn80

Child abuse cases are investigated to the 'nth degree. Your friend did not get arrested because of his innocense. Perhaps, in the future, you should choose your friends more wisely. Your friend admitted to hurting the girl. I have kids. I can tell you for a fact, that if scalding hot water is in a tub, there is this stuff, it's called steam, and when water is SCALDING there is A LOT of steam. You wouldn't have to touch the water to know how hot it is. A child does NOT accidentally SIT in scalding water. One toe in and they would fuss about it being too hot. You are intentionally ignorant in this case. Having also been abused as a child (not by family members) I find it odd that you would side with the offender and not the child! Perhaps you should try therapy.

pdnm
pdnm

I know James VERY well, and, believe me...it takes crazy to know crazy.

My2Cents
My2Cents

No problem, wasn't sure where the statement was going.

Guest
Guest

And my bad on the previous post My2cents. I misread that statement about the father completly and apologize. I was just skimming through quick and thought you were talking about the mother's father. My mistake, that's what I get for working a full time job, then staying up all night the past couple nights to argue with people while I'm extremely tired.

Guest
Guest

Yes, you are completely correct and I agree 100%. I myself, can say truthfully that I would NEVER harm a child if I was a parent, because I've been there and know what it's like, and I would never want anyone to have to go through that. But who knows what age she was when it happened, who was doing it to her, how long it happened for, or the severity of it? That combined with obvious mental health issues (at least severe anger problems...) that people that knew her better than me have said she had, including James himself telling me she was "kinda crazy", may have only fueled this. However, that was just talking friend to friend during the course of the day, as if saying it jokingly, so I didn't think much of it, just like anyone else would have.

My2Cents
My2Cents

That really didn't answer my question.  Having been a physically and sexually abused child, I really feel it is a bullshit excuse, just because you were abused as a child, does not mean you will turn around and do this to your own child, it is a sick individual that would even consider turning around and doing to someone else what was done to them.  Not saying it didn't effect this woman, but it is not an excuse.  I still feel even if this guy didn't do anything... he should have stepped up... what was he going to do when she started abusing the 1 yr old?

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