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Detectives Arrest Foster Parent After Reported Abuse

A foster parent from Anderson is accused of sexually assaulting a child who had been placed in her custody. Shasta County Major Crimes got the report on June 15th and the child was removed from the foster home while an investigation was launched. Several witnesses were interviewed, and they corroborated the story the victim had told. The foster mother, 29-year-old Ashley Michalek, was interrogated by detectives, and allegedly confessed. Michalek was booked into jail Thursday on 16 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, as well as other sex crimes and providing marijuana to a minor. She’s being held on a Half Million Dollars bail. Anyone with information about Ashley Michalek is urged to contact detectives at 245-6135 or mcu@ca.shasta.us.