Suicidal Mom Charged With Murder, Told Police: 'I'm Sorry, I Killed My Baby'

Ashley Newton of San Jose was scheduled to be in court today in Pleasanton.

Ashley Newton. Photo provided by East Bay Regional Parks Police Twitter
Ashley Newton. Photo provided by East Bay Regional Parks Police Twitter
A San Jose woman was charged with murder today for the fatal stabbing of her 7-month-old baby boy in a rural area near Livermore on Saturday.
Ashley Newton, 23, was scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton at 2 p.m. today for the death of her son, William Brian Sherman.

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East Bay Regional Park District police said they received a call reporting a traffic collision at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Arroyo Road near the Wente Vineyards.

Officers who responded to the scene found a badly damaged 2013 Honda sedan that was abandoned on the roadway near the park district's Camp Arroyo facility.

East Bay Regional Park police Sgt. Tracy Desiderio wrote in a probable cause statement that, "Newton appeared in the roadway holding a lifeless baby in her arms."

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Witnesses immediately began emergency medical aid and summoned medical professionals, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene, Desiderio said. Newton "made several spontaneous statements indicating that she had killed the baby," Desiderio said in her statement.
After officers read Newton her legal rights, she "again admitted to stabbing the baby numerous times," Desiderio said.
At one point, Newton said, "I'm sorry, I killed my baby," Desiderio wrote. In addition to murder, Newton is charged with an enhancement clause of using a deadly weapon, namely a knife. Park district police said a knife they believe Newton used was found at the scene.

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Authorities said Newton had an apparently self-inflicted stab wound to her wrist and was treated at a nearby hospital before being taken into custody. Park district police said Newton had a history of depression but they are still trying to determine a motive for the fatal stabbing.

Editor's note: Early reports after the incident said the infant was a female. Police officials confirmed the victim was a male.

—By Bay City News
Linda Rose Montecillo April 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Jody has a point, I expected to read about happenings around my own area, heck even 100 miles away but still in Michigan. If I wanted to learn about news in all the other States I would go to our local new station where I know Ill hear about news from around the globe.
Becky April 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM
I didn't realize you were in Michigan. Yeah, it's weird to post this story there. I'm in Livermore.
Chris Heston April 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM
I agree with special k. Can you imagine the uproar on these comment boards if patch did NOT post such a huge local story? No matter what they do people complain incessantly over everything. And I couldn't find this story on any of the Michigan patch sites. Thanks Autumn for doing your job reporting on significant happenings around town.
Autumn Johnson April 30, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Sadly, the news is not always pretty but I try to make sure to post the breaking stories (like this one) to keep residents informed as well as the nicer ones as often as I can while covering 16 sites. Ironically, on one of the nicer posts a few days ago, another reader complained about not having enough "hard news" on the site.
Yvonne Munoz Frasca April 30, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Reading the above comments, I think it's strange that this article showed up in a Patch all the way in Michigan. For those of us in the Dublin area, this is local news and as horrible as this situation is, it's understandable why it would appear in the Dublin Patch. There were also other headlines in this edition of Patch, that were 'nice' and positive, such as, "High School Graduation Rates on the Rise in CA." and "Bike to work Day". I think it's ironic that someone would say using this headline as a hook to draw them in really doesn't work and rather than draw them in, it just turns them off, because the headline for this particular story clearly says it all and yet, they still chose to click on it, read it and post about it. Autumn Johnson, thanks for bringing us local news, keep doing what you do and just remember, you can't please everyone.


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