* Information reported by MSN.com was used as a source for this report *
A vehemently violent relationship had reached its pinnacle leaving the victim desperately fleeing for her life and the life of her unborn child.
MSN.com reported, Cherokee County prosecutors said Newton had abused his girlfriend throughout their relationship, including an attack back in December 2020. Newton's girlfriend, who has not been named, tried to leave their shared home following an argument, however, Newton chased her and violently dragged her back across the driveway and yard by her hair. The girlfriend managed to escape the next day and a family member called 911. However, the dysfunctional relationship continued after Newton was released on bond, despite court documents forbidding Newton from contacting the victim, per MSN.com .
The violence continued and escalated. Newton threatened to kill her and their unborn child during his final attack on her on October 10, 2021, MSN.com reports. Investigators determined that attack involved Newton punching, kicking and spitting on his girlfriend. He strangled her, dragged her around by her hair, and used objects from their apartment to beat her. Newton also smashed her head against the floor and stomped on her abdomen. Continuing--- While she was lying on the floor, he poured salt, as well as sugar and coffee grounds, on her wounds. The girlfriend was able to escape after Newton fell asleep, which is when she called the police. When officers found her, she was suffering from swollen eyes and lips, cuts on her arms and hands, and had suffered neck injuries. She had to be hospitalized overnight. A doctor who examined the victim discovered she had suffered a subchorionic hemorrhage of the placenta, but the baby was expected to survive, MSN.com reported.
The Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace said, per Fox 5: "After enduring a brutal assault, this resilient young woman escaped her abuser and called 911 while driving to a safe place. During that call, she described the events that occurred and, for the first time, pleaded for help. Even though Newton beat her for hours, she had the strength and courage to escape --ensuring that she and her baby would survive." Newton was found hiding in the attic of the couples shared home when Woodstock police arrested him, MSN.com reported.
A two-day trial culminated with a Georgia court's jury delivering guilty verdicts to Newton on a string of counts, including kidnapping with bodily injury, criminal attempt to commit murder, criminal attempt to commit feticide, family violence aggravated assault, family violence aggravated battery, four counts of family violence battery, family violence simple battery, false imprisonment, sexual battery, two counts of criminal trespass and tampering with evidence, per MSN.com.
A judge sentenced Newton to life plus 10 years to serve in confinement in state prison, MSN.com reported.
Rachel Ashe, deputy chief assistant district attorney of the Domestic Violence Unit, said in a statement, per Fox 5: "Over the course of their relationship, the victim suffered repeatedly at the hands of this defendant. She never called for help for herself and held on to much of the blame and responsibility for her injuries. Continuing, "Tragically, this blame-shifting is something we see often in cases involving domestic violence. Ultimately, the defendant's final attack led her to call for help—not for herself, but for her unborn child. Miraculously, she survived this relationship, and our hope is that she continues to heal and thrive.", per MSN.com.