Ashley Renee Couch tosses baby in snow bank during fight [UPDATE]

Ashley Crouch has been arrested.
Ashley Crouch has been arrested.

Ashley Renee Couch didn't know what else to do with her 18-day-old baby while she fought with her boyfriend Deontae Thurmond on Saturday morning, so in a moment of seriously poor judgment, she threw it in a snow bank.

The tiny infant was wrapped in a blanket and wearing nothing else but a T-shirt in the freezing morning air.

By the time medics got the baby to Hennepin County Medical Center, its core temperature was 95 degrees -- close to hypothermia. This morning, the baby's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

The fight started after Thurmond refused to go buy milk and Couch chased him out into the street.

Update: Thurmond was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled for a court appearance March 9. Couch was arrested on suspicion of child neglect. She's being held at the Hennepin County jail, and her baby has been placed in protective custody.

"Like a major league baseball player in a windup -- that's how hard she threw the child," one witness told WCCO.

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