A Tacoma woman who called police in March 2012 and told them she had “just murdered” her 2-year-old son pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday.
Aleesha Walker, 29, was initially charged with first-degree murder, which was amended to second-degree before her plea. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 6.
Walker struck toddler Noah Sanford’s head on a dresser in their home and smothered him March 30, 2012, Pierce County prosecutors alleged.
Responding to Walker’s telephone call, officers found her apartment door ajar. She was in an upstairs hallway, lying face-down with her hands behind her back. Her son was naked on the floor with dried blood on his face.
Paramedics took the child to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
His death was ruled a homicide.
In an interview with The News Tribune, Walker’s father said she had told him before the killing that she had been hearing voices, but reassured him they weren’t telling her to hurt anyone. She told authorities the voices, in part, told her to kill her son.
A psychologist evaluated Walker in June 2012 and determined she was capable of understanding the court proceedings against her.
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