A 23-year-old mother who stabbed her 7-month-old son to death inside Del Valle Regional Park Saturday afternoon was identified as San Jose resident Ashley Newton.
Newton was arrested on murder charges Saturday after police found the critically injured baby in her arms and discovered she had stabbed him multiple times, East Bay Regional Park District police Chief Timothy Anderson said. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene after multiple authorities, including off-duty Livermore police Chief Mike Harris, performed emergency first-aid to try to revive him.
The incident began at 10:30 a.m. Saturday when East Bay Regional Park District police received a call about a collision at the dead-end of Arroyo Drive near Arroyo Camp, the site of a popular children’s camp inside the 4,400-acre park, located approximately 10 miles south of Livermore, Anderson said.
Responding officers found a gray Honda Civic with extensive front and rear end damage, but the driver was missing, according to Anderson.
Officers initially thought the car had been damaged by a hit-and-run driver, but after noticing a baby seat in the back, they decided to further search the area.
Around 12:30 p.m., a few remaining California Highway Patrol and East Bay Regional Park police officers saw a woman walking up Arroyo Road with a baby in her arms, Anderson said. The baby was not moving or making any noise. As the woman walked closer, officers saw that the child had been stabbed multiple times.
Police, as well as Harris, who was off-duty and on a hike with his wife at the time, began performing first aid on the infant, but the child was declared dead at the scene.
It was not immediately known what may have spurred the woman’s actions, but she is believed to be suffering from some kind of depression, according to Anderson.
SOURCE: Erin Ivie, Kristin J. Bender, Katie Nelson and Karina Ioffee
San Jose Mercury News