Crime

Tacoma mother gets 15 years for killing son, 2

Staff writerOctober 4, 2013 

A Pierce County judge on Friday sentenced a Tacoma woman to 15 years in prison for killing her 2-year-old son.

Aleesha Walker, 29, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Noah Sanford.

“I wish I could explain why this happened, but I am extremely sorry,” Walker wrote as part of her plea paperwork.

Prosecutors said Walker slammed the boy’s head against a dresser and then smothered him in March 2012. She called 911 afterward to report she’d “just murdered” the boy, court records show.

Walker faced a standard-range sentence of 10 years, three months to 18 years, four months in prison.

Prosecutors asked for the high end. Walker’s defense team asked for the low end, citing her mental health troubles. Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper chose a mid-range sentence.

Walker’s father told The News Tribune last year that his daughter had reported hearing voices shortly before Noah’s death.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644
adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com

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