The horrors of modern day bad parenting know no depths. Amber Keyes, whose neglect led to the death of her severely handicapped 9-year-old daughter Ayahna Comb and who then stuffed the child’s corpse into her refrigerator and left it there for months while continuing to receive Social Security benefits for her, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday.
Reports vary as to how the grim discovery was made, but what is known is that Ayahna died from malnutrition and dehydration and hadn’t seen a proper doctor in over two years before her death. According to her father Armand Comb, Ayahna suffered from cerebral palsy and was unable to feed, clothe or care for herself. She weighed a mere 14 pounds at the time of her death. Amber Keyes claims Ayahna stopped breathing on January 29, 2014. After failing to revive her with CPR, the mother panicked and instead of calling the authorities, wrapped the child’s dead body in a blanket and stuffed it in the crisper drawer of her fridge where it sat for six months before being discovered.
Sadly, Ayahna Comb was not the first child to suffer from Amber Keyes’ bad judgment and poor mothering. The now 37-year-old woman has an arrest record going back to the 1990s and lost custody of her eldest child in 2002, after a boyfriend of Keyes abused the then 18-month-old infant. She then had two children with Armand Comb, who has a history of drug charges. Their youngest daughter, who is now 7, is currently living with a relative of her father.