'I couldn't believe it,' manager says after hearing about toddler's death

Ryan Ramirez

ANDERSON — Madison County prosecutors are seeking life without parole if a Chesterfield man is convicted of killing a 23-month-old girl last year.

Ryan Ramirez, 30, of Chesterfield was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter, Paisley Hudson, and Level 3 felony neglect of a dependent causing serious injury to 3-year-old Riley Hudson on July 28, 2018.

Paisley died from a blow to her head and two lacerations to her liver that caused internal bleeding. Riley was taken into protective custody after showing signs of abuse and was later given up for adoption by his mother, Kayla Hudson.

Hudson, 26, also of Chesterfield, received a combined sentence of 40 years in the Department of Correction by Madison Circuit Court Division 4 Judge David A. Happe after pleading guilty to Level 1 felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death and Level 3 felony neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury in April.

During her sentencing hearing, Hudson said she knew Ramirez was abusing her children.

She also admitted that she did nothing to save her daughter from being beaten to death and has lied repeatedly to the police about the abuse her children suffered.

According to probable cause affidavits filed by Anderson police, Ramirez drove Hudson to Buffalo Wild Wings where she worked as a waitress about 5 p.m. He returned about 11 p.m. to pick her up.

Paisley was sleeping in her car seat when Ramirez picked Hudson up after work and he carried her into a motel room where the family was staying, changed her soiled diaper and put her down in a playpen. Hudson, meanwhile, carried Riley in, according to the affidavits.

Around 6 a.m. Hudson awoke, checked on her daughter and found she was unresponsive and cold to the touch. Instead of calling 911, she gave the child a bath in warm water, attempted CPR, and changed her diaper and shirt before driving to the St. Vincent Anderson emergency room, according to affidavits.

On June 7, Happe granted a motion by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mary Hutchison to amend the charging information against Ramirez to add a life without parole enhancement.

Ramirez’s jury trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Madison Circuit Court 4, with Happe presiding.

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