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Mother charged in fatal stabbing 7-month-old

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POSTED April 29, 2014 7:56 p.m.

LIVERMORE (AP) — A young Northern California mother who was believed to have depression has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her 7-month-old son.

Ashley Newton, 23, of San Jose was charged Tuesday, said Alameda County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick.

Newton acknowledged to authorities that she repeatedly stabbed her infant son, according to a court affidavit.

“I’m sorry. I killed my baby,” Newton told investigators, East Bay Regional Park District Police Sgt. Tracy Desiderio wrote in the affidavit dated Monday.

Officers were called at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on reports of an abandoned car in the Del Valle Regional Park, Chief Timothy Anderson said.

The car’s engine was still running, and its child seat was empty.

Officers were about to tow the car when Newton walked up to them holding her lifeless son, William Brian Sherman. She was arrested after making spontaneous statements implicating herself, authorities said.

“This is an extremely shocking case for us,” Anderson said.

He added that investigators found a knife in the area that they believe was used in the alleged crime.

The stabbing occurred in a remote part of Camp Arroyo, the site of a popular children’s camp inside the 4,400-acre park south of Livermore, a suburb that’s about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

The motive remains unclear, but Anderson said that Newton had a history of depression and appeared to have self-inflicted knife wounds on her wrist.

Newton’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, Drenick said, but she didn’t know whether Newton had a lawyer yet.

Newton remains in jail with no possibility of release on bond.

 

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