Jun 10, 2021
The Challenge Champ Gives Birth to Baby Girl: Stole My Heart
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MTV/Getty A star of The Challenge has welcomed a baby.
“The Challenge” champion Ashley Marie Kelsey announced this week that she gave birth to her first child, a girl, on the morning of June 8. Ashley, who made her reality TV debut on “The Real World: San Diego,” wrote that she and her partner Kerryon Johnson welcomed Snoh Marie Johnson and that she “stole her heart.”
In an Instagram post, Ashley said, “To my little best friend who stole my heart from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I can’t believe you are finally here, I just sit and stare at you because I never could have imagined you’d be this perfect.” She continued:
Pregnancy is the most incredible journey and ends in the most rewarding way! I’m so grateful and feel so beyond blessed to have you in my life. I can’t wait to watch you grow. @kj_hey your daddy has been so supportive and my rock during this entire pregnancy and I couldn’t have asked for a better man to take this journey on with! I love you both!View this post on Instagram
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Ashley made her first appearance on The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons in 2012 and competed with Zach Nichols, Sam McGinn and Frank Sweeney. The four won the season and Ashley took a break from competing until several seasons later, when she returned for “Invasion of the Champions.”
Follow the Heavy on The Challenge Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Ashley Announced She Was Expecting a Baby With Her Partner, NFL Running Back Kerryon Johnson, in January View this post on Instagram
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Ashley and her boyfriend, NFL running back Kerryon Johnson, announced the happy news that they were expecting their first child, a baby girl, in January 2021. At the time, Ashley posted a gender reveal and said, “Our biggest blessing yet! Just call us Mom and Dad. We can’t wait to meet you little girl.”
KJ was drafted by the Detroit Lions as a running back in the 2018 NFL Draft and played two seasons with the team before getting waived in 2021. On May 7, he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles. After Snoh was born, KJ wrote on Instagram, “On Tuesday June 8th at 9:09 AM an 8 pound 13 ounce slice of heaven was born. she has my full heart and cuddles forever and ever!”Her ‘Challenge’ Co-Stars Were Quick to Offer Their Congratulations After Ashley Announced Her Baby’s Birth View this post on Instagram
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Ashley’s “Challenge” co-stars flooded the comments section with their congratulations, with Jenna Compono, who is also expecting her first child, writing, “YAYY!! So happy for you! Beautiful baby girl and beautiful name!” Mark Long wrote, “OMG congratulations you guys!!!!”
Jordan Wiseley wrote, “CONGRATULATIONS MOMMA!!!!” while Laurel Stucky said, “Yay! She’s here!” Bayleigh Dayton, Aneesa Ferreira and Nicole Zanatta were some of the other stars of the competition show who offered their congratulations.
KJ joked, “Me in the background of the second picturing thinking ‘wtf did i just witness.'” Tori Gwinn, Brad Fiorenza and Paula Beckert (nee Meronek) were some of the OG stars of the show who also shared their love and support.
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A 9-year-old boy died after trying TikTok strangulation challenge, his family says
A Tennessee family has blamed a TikTok challenge for a nine-year-old boy's death. Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images
- LaTerius Smith Jr. died in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 10 at the age of nine.
- His family told WREG he was found unresponsive after participating in a TikTok challenge.
- They told the outlet that other families should be aware of young children's social media usage.
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The family of a nine-year-old boy who was found dead last week in his bedroom has blamed a reported TikTok strangulation challenge.
An obituary for LaTerius Smith Jr. said he died on June 10 in Memphis, Tennessee. LaTerius, known by his family as "TJ," would have turned 10 years old at the end of this month.
"To see that baby laying in that casket, hasn't even had an opportunity to grow up," LaTerius' great-great-aunt Barbara Williams told Memphis' WREG. "You know, his life has ended because of some people putting stupid things on various sites."—Shay Arthur (@ShayA_WREG3) June 18, 2021
WREG reported that family members discovered LaTerius unresponsive in his bedroom with a belt around his neck. The young boy was reportedly rushed to a local hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.
"It wasn't until later on that we found out there was some type of video on TikTok, you know, letting kids know … how to strangle yourself," Williams told the outlet. "But you got to get out of it, the challenge was to get out of it. But he's nine years old, he's nine years old, so how was he going to get out of it?"
Over the last several years, dangerous trends like the "pass out challenge" have spread on social media apps. The challenges encourage people to choke themselves until they pass out for several seconds, which is meant to stimulate a high.
In January, a 10-year-old Italian girl accidentally died while participating in the "blackout" challenge. In May, a 13-year-old girl was hospitalized in Oregon with severe third-degree burns to her body her family told ABC News they believe were from recreating a TikTok with rubbing alcohol and a lighter.
A representative for TikTok did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. TikTok's community guidelines prohibit "content that depicts, promotes, normalizes, or glorifies such behavior, including amateur stunts or dangerous challenges."
LaTerius' family told WREG they wanted to urge other parents and families to monitor their children's social media usage, block sites when needed, and educate themselves about what children are exposed to online.
"I know you can't watch them 24 hours, but that in which you can do, you just have to save a life," Williams told WREG.