Police: Maryland Woman tried to smother ex-boyfriend’s child

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LANDOVER, MD — A woman who tried to beat up her ex-boyfriend’s son with a five-pound dumbbell and smother him with a pillow is now facing an attempted murder charge, police in Maryland said Wednesday.

Helen Marie Newsome, 26, broke into the 8-year-old boy’s home in Landover and hid inside for 10 hours before she attacked him in bed Saturday morning, Prince George’s Police Capt. Jimmy Simms said.

“Newsome grabbed a pillow and placed it over the child’s face and then began striking him in the head with a weapon,” police said in a statement.

The boy fought back and ran away. Police hailed him as a hero on Wednesday.

“Not only does he have the know-how to get away from the danger, but he sees who it is that attacked him and tells the police,” he said. “This young boy (is) only 8 years old and fought back to someone who was trying to take his life. It is a very heroic thing to do.”

Police say Newsome, who also has a 1-year-old child with the boy’s father, is charged with first-degree attempted murder and is being held on $500,000 bond.

“She has admitted her involvement in the assault,” police said in a statement. The suspect was remorseful when police arrested her, authorities said.

Newsome appeared in court for a bail hearing on Tuesday, court records show.

It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether there was an attorney representing her or whether she had entered a plea in court.

From Mayra Cuevas

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