A 23-year-old woman accused of killing her newborn daughter was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday following a plea bargain with the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
Ashley Nicole Blades gave birth inside her parents’ house and the next day texted her estranged boyfriend, the baby’s father, that the baby was dead. Police found the baby wrapped in a towel inside a plastic bag in the trunk of her car.
Assistant Parker County District Attorney Jeff Swain said that Blades must serve at least half of her sentence before she becomes eligible for parole.
“The victim's father said he was pleased with the result of the case and getting some justice for his baby and a final resolution of the case,” Swain said.
A Parker County Grand Jury met on Jan. 28 and returned an indictment charging Blades with capital murder in the Nov. 2, 2015, death of her daughter, Makayla. Blades pleaded guilty to causing serious bodily injury to a child by omission, Swain said.
Her boyfriend called police on Nov. 3, 2015, to say that she had sent him a text message, that she had given birth, and that the baby was dead, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
When officers arrived at Blades’ residence in the 400 block of W. Ball St. in Weatherford on Nov. 2, she told them that the body was in the trunk of her Ford Focus, according to the affidavit.
“Initially we didn’t see the infant,” Cpl. T. Johnson wrote in the affidavit. “Blades, from the front of the car, told us that it was wrapped up in a towel that was in a plastic shopping bag.
“I had gloves on, so I pulled back the plastic and the towel and discovered an infant that appeared to be deceased.”
During questioning, Blades “admitted to suffocating the baby” on Nov. 2, and leaving the body wrapped in a towel overnight, Johnson said.
Blades told detectives that she delivered the baby on Nov. 2 at her parents’ home, where she was living, police said.
“She admitted that at one point during the day she was trying to keep the crying baby quiet so she covered the infant’s nose and mouth for a minute or two,” Crawford said.
She said the baby didn’t cry or seem the same after that, Crawford said. Blades told detectives that later that night, she realized the baby was dead.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.