Mother sentenced to 30 years for death of infant

A 23-year-old Weatherford mother is going to prison for the death of her newborn child.

Ashley Nicole Blades pleaded guilty to causing serious bodily injury to a child by omission Monday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

She had been charged with the capital murder of the newborn that she gave birth to in her bathroom approximately one year ago. An autopsy ruled the death a homicide due to suffocation, but could not give any insight as to how the suffocation occurred.

Blades will not be eligible for parole consideration until she serves 15 years.

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