California mom pleads not guilty in son's stabbing

California mom pleads not guilty in son's stabbing

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

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 (http://bit.ly/1srAIvh ) 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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