Aubrey Owen gave up one baby for adoption and left another dead in a Dumpster. This year, she celebrates Mother's Day in prison with the third.

Girl in Trouble 

Aubrey Owen gave up one baby for adoption and left another dead in a Dumpster. This year, she celebrates Mother's Day in prison with the third.

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When Aubrey sees Huston walk in with Alexis in a carrier, she jumps up to greet her baby. Alexis seems to recognize her mother right away.

"Good morning, sunshine," Aubrey says. She picks up her baby and swings her in the air, smiling wide. She gives Alexis a dozen kisses, swinging her up again and again, saying a loud, shrill "Hi!"

She hugs Huston, then returns her attention to her little girl. She holds Alexis in her lap, and Alexis, in what has become a habit, tugs at the inmate tag on Aubrey's shirt and then starts chewing on it.

Huston tells Aubrey about how Alexis chewed on a barbecued rib, how she loves to sing during American Idol. Aubrey feeds Alexis a bottle, then yogurt from a spoon, then sings the alphabet to her daughter.

Huston, who has custody of Alexis, says they'll be waiting for Owen when she gets out. He hasn't proposed to her, but their plan, he says, is to marry when Owen is released.

"I understand the mistakes I made," Owen tells the Pitch. "It's nobody's fault but mine." But she says she wants other women caught in similar circumstances to know her story so that they can seek help.

Though they admit they missed obvious signs that their daughter was troubled, her parents remain adamant that she belongs in counseling, not prison. They, too, visit her every Saturday.

For his part, Cornwell calls it one of the strangest cases he's ever defended.

"I have always been troubled and I have never had this answered to my satisfaction, why she didn't tell mom and dad, why she didn't tell her best friend. She's just a lost soul. It's just so goddamned sad."

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