September 14, 2014
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - A young Northern California mother who was believed to be suffering from depression when authorities say she stabbed her infant son to death has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
The Oakland Tribune reports that 23-year-old Ashley Renee Newton of San Jose entered the plea on Thursday.
Authorities say Newton ran up to officers at a park in Livermore in April with the lifeless body of her son, William Sherman, in her arms. She allegedly acknowledged having killed the 7-month-old boy, who had been stabbed with a pocket knife.
Authorities have said Newton had a history of depression and appeared to have self-inflicted knife wounds on her wrist.
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