Man charged with 3 year-old daughter’s murder goes to trial

A man charged with the murder of his own 3 year-old daughter is on trial this week at La Paz County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Aaron Freeman, 26, of Blythe, beat his daughter, Autumn Shibley, in several acts of abuse over the course of June 10th, 2017, one which resulted in a perforated stomach, her admission to hospital in Blythe and her death the following day in hospital.

The case is being held in La Paz County because the fatal injury occurred at a tire shop in Ehrenberg, AZ where Freeman worked, according to the state’s case against him.

Surveillance footage reportedly shows him physically abusing Autumn multiple times between 11:16 a.m. and 2:16 p.m. He allegedly dragged her by the hair, threw her food on the ground to eat, splashed water in her face, twisted her arm, kicked her and intentionally caught her hand in the office screen door jamb, pulling the door onto her fingers with both his hands.

Prosecutors reportedly plan to also show the jury video evidence that, at 1:56 p.m., Freeman struck Autumn so hard that she spun around 180 degrees and landed face-first in a tire mounted on a wheel behind her. Autumn can be seen shortly afterwards in the video with what appears to be blood in her hair, according to court documents.

After leaving the tire shop, Freeman allegedly inflicted and recorded more acts of abuse. He brought Autumn to Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe around 7:30 p.m., where she was subsequently transported by ambulance to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. An autopsy showed that she died from internal bleeding due to a blunt force abdominal injury.

The La Paz County Sheriff’s Department opened up a parallel investigation with the Blythe Police Department. Freeman was arrested in Banning and transported to jail in Parker.

Freeman faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder at the end of his trial, which is scheduled this week and next. His other charges include second-degree murder-extreme indifference and intentional abuse of a child or vulnerable adult.

A plea deal was drafted up in late 2018 in which Freeman would have pled guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse, with a recommended sentence between 20.5 and 30.5 years in prison. But the judge, Matt Newman, rejected it just as Freeman was about to sign it, saying, “From the facts I’ve seen, this is a plea agreement that this particular court would not accept, I have to tell you that. Another judge may feel differently, but that’s how I feel about it.”

An amended plea deal was then rejected by Freeman himself in March, saying he wants a trial.

The child’s mother, Ashly Parrish, who has been a part of each big hearing in Freeman’s case so far, says this is a failure of the family court system. She is suing San Bernardino County Child and Family Services for the role she says they played in granting Freeman custody of Autumn, despite his history of violence. She alleges that two social workers with the county created false reports about her that led to the decision, and that they removed Autumn from her custody in 2016.

Freeman was charged with attacking a man in 2012. He pled guilty to battery, force inflicting injury and disturbing the peace. He also had a restraining order filed against him during a 2016 divorce proceeding in La Paz County.

Freeman’s fate will now rest with the jury, who will hear the case and be asked to reach a verdict. He is being held on $1 million bond.

This article will be updated with the outcome of the trial when we have it.

149 comments

  1. Jamie Montieth Erikson

    Drag his ass around by the balls!!!

  2. Jamie Montieth Erikson

    Drag his ass around by the balls!!!

  3. Vanessa Parsons

    Fuck that baby killer. How awful for her.

  4. Vanessa Parsons

    Fuck that baby killer. How awful for her.

  5. Lori Deysie

    Joey Stillman same treatment for him ot makes me angry again an so sad

  6. Lori Deysie

    Joey Stillman same treatment for him ot makes me angry again an so sad

  7. Templa Wanner

    How sad๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

  8. Templa Wanner

    How sad๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

  9. James Elerding

    I hope Arizona does old west executions!

  10. James Elerding

    I hope Arizona does old west executions!

  11. Joaquin Vences

    death is the only solution for this subhuman.

  12. Joaquin Vences

    death is the only solution for this subhuman.

  13. Tanya TQ

    What the FUCK! People are SICK

  14. Tanya Quist

    What the FUCK! People are SICK

  15. Kenny Crowder

    This animal should never have made it to the Jail!!!

  16. Kenny Crowder

    This animal should never have made it to the Jail!!!

  17. Diana Thorson Bordley

    This guy need to rot in jail, then rot in hell.

  18. Diana Thorson Bordley

    This guy need to rot in jail, then rot in hell.

  19. Tom Esbri

    Hope they fk this guy good. Doesnโ€™t deserve life, deserve expedited death penalty

  20. Tom Esbri

    Hope they fk this guy good. Doesnโ€™t deserve life, deserve expedited death penalty

  21. Juan Segovia

    We should be able to stone people to death here too. For Evil like this๐Ÿ˜ 
    Poor babies girl.. Breaks my heart

  22. Juan Segovia

    We should be able to stone people to death here too. For Evil like this๐Ÿ˜ 
    Poor baby girl.. Breaks my heart

  23. Jarrod James Standfest

    I’d love to hunt sick people down like this legally and get paid for it. My dream job.

  24. Jarrod James Standfest

    I’d love to hunt sick people down like this legally and get paid for it. My dream job.

  25. Tom Leonard

    OMG! That poor child. This monster deserves a long drop with a short rope.

  26. Tom Leonard

    OMG! That poor child. This monster deserves a long drop with a short rope.

  27. Loretta Flaherty

    Just shoot the fucker and save the taxpayers the money!

  28. Loretta Flaherty

    Just shoot the fucker and save the taxpayers the money!

  29. Michelle Gulledge

    What possible defense could he have???? POS needs to be strung up!

  30. Michelle Gulledge

    What possible defense could he have???? POS needs to be strung up!

  31. Rhemydog Pincher

    Rot in Hell you Son of a Bitch! There is a special place in Hell for bastards like you.

  32. Rhemydog Pincher

    Rot in Hell you Son of a Bitch! There is a special place in Hell for bastards like you.

  33. Deniece Wooldridge

    Why even keep someone like this alive? He tortured and killed a child…. He needs to die

  34. Deniece Wooldridge

    Why even keep someone like this alive? He tortured and killed a child…. He needs to die

  35. Marion Schlecht

    Glad I was excused from jury duty for that trial…

  36. Marion Schlecht

    Glad I was excused from jury duty for that trial…

  37. Linda Kroll

    What the Hell is wrong with people??

  38. Linda Kroll

    What the Hell is wrong with people??

  39. Larry Daniels

    inmates donโ€™t take lightly to Baby Killers….God have mercy on his soul…PROCEED!!

  40. Larry Daniels

    inmates donโ€™t take lightly to Baby Killers….God have mercy on his soul…PROCEED!!

  41. Lori Lightfoot

    OMG…absolutely heartbreaking.

  42. Lori Lightfoot

    OMG…absolutely heartbreaking.

  43. Laurie Tomasino

    Itโ€™s not going to be difficult for a jury to convict the bastard…why waste the money on a trial, if whatโ€™s written in this article is true, just execute the MF.

  44. Laurie Tomasino

    Itโ€™s not going to be difficult for a jury to convict the bastard…why waste the money on a trial, if whatโ€™s written in this article is true, just execute the MF.

  45. Mark Valenzuela

    Justice will be served on the yard

  46. Mark Valenzuela

    Justice will be served on the yard

  47. CeCe Williams

    What a fucking beast!!! He deserved death!!!

  48. CeCe Williams

    What a fucking beast!!! He deserved death!!!

  49. Daniel Verplank

    Piece of SHIT!!!! He can go straight to Hell!!!!

  50. Daniel Verplank

    Piece of SHIT!!!! He can go straight to Hell!!!!

  51. Christie Hildebrand Smith

    There isnโ€™t an emoji disgusting and horrid enough to cover this POS!!!

  52. Christie Hildebrand Smith

    There isnโ€™t an emoji disgusting and horrid enough to cover this POS!!!

  53. Corey Nash

    I canโ€™t even imagine what that poor baby felt being tortured by her father, he is supposed to protect her!!! What a real piece of work this guys is…

  54. Corey Nash

    I canโ€™t even imagine what that poor baby felt being tortured by her father, he is supposed to protect her!!! What a real piece of work this guys is…

  55. Greg Marisol Martinez

    Monster!!!!๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

  56. Greg Marisol Martinez

    Monster!!!!๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

  57. Amy Jones

    He needs to be slowly killed over 12 hours just like he did to this baby. Absolutely disgusting

  58. Amy Jones

    He needs to be slowly killed over 12 hours just like he did to this baby. Absolutely disgusting

  59. Kelly Minor-Clarke

    Big tough guy. Beating a 3 year old little girl. Let the public handle the little bitch. Iโ€™d watch.

  60. Kelly Minor-Clarke

    Big tough guy. Beating a 3 year old little girl. Let the public handle the little bitch. Iโ€™d watch.

  61. Jerri McGuire

    Why has it taken this much time to bring him to trial? Let me have him for 12 hours!! Rip baby.

  62. Jerri McGuire

    Why has it taken this much time to bring him to trial? Let me have him for 12 hours!! Rip baby.

  63. Cindy Robinson-Ritter

    POS life in prison is to good for him but when he dies he will burn in hell!!!!

  64. Cindy Robinson-Ritter

    POS life in prison is to good for him but when he dies he will burn in hell!!!!

  65. Tracy McCallister

    How does someone do this to a defenseless child? He should have the same done to him.

  66. Tracy McCallister

    How does someone do this to a defenseless child? He should have the same done to him.

  67. There are no words for people like this,and there is a special place for this pychopathic/sociopathic piece of garbage. Unfortunately,what usually ends up happening is the taxpayers have to support his 3 hits and a cot lifestyle. Something is severely wrong with the system here! You pull some crap like that in places like Turkey,etc… they’ll take your head off with a guillotine

  68. Carrollynn Henshaw

    Why does it take so long in La Paz County to get to trial?

    Video evidence and he was ready to accept a deal? Shouldn’t take over 2 years for that.

  69. Laura MacDonald

    Letโ€™s just lynch him!

  70. Laura MacDonald

    Letโ€™s just lynch him!

  71. Dawn Reich

    No need so many people would have loved her and saved her from abuse and death ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  72. Dawn Reich

    No need so many people would have loved her and saved her from abuse and death ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  73. Rena Holdsahummingbird Trevino

    This Guy needs to be punished big time the details are Horrendous !!! GOD HELP HIM !

  74. Rena Holdsahummingbird Trevino

    This Guy needs to be punished big time the details are Horrendous !!! GOD HELP HIM !

  75. Carrie Graham

    Do the same to him but much much worse

  76. Carrie Graham

    Do the same to him but much much worse

  77. Joanna Mccarthy

    The Death penalty is not on the table,it was but because of his age they took it off.

  78. Joanna Mccarthy

    The Death penalty is not on the table,it was but because of his age they took it off.

  79. Joanna Mccarthy

    they took the death penalty off to the table because of his age.

  80. Joanna Mccarthy

    they took the death penalty off to the table because of his age.

  81. Cheryl Pascua

    Makes me sick to my stomach.

  82. Cheryl Pascua

    Makes me sick to my stomach.

  83. David Schweikhart

    Give him the same treatment!!!!!!!!! Pure evil right from Hell!!

  84. David Schweikhart

    Give him the same treatment!!!!!!!!! Pure evil right from Hell!!

  85. Brenda Bush-Campos

    Just kill this POS now, the end!
    Save us all time and money!

  86. Brenda Bush-Campos

    Just kill this POS now, the end!
    Save us all time and money!

  87. Jeannine Davis

    Fry his ASS! No excuse for this !

  88. Jeannine Davis

    Fry his ASS! No excuse for this !

  89. OnceAgainAnotherChildTheSystemFailed

    Omg This Is So Sad That Poor Baby Did Not Deserve That And He Should Get A Electric Chair Piece Of Crap Monstet That Poor Baby Girl And Her Mother I Cant Believe This Piece Od Crap Was Granted Custody Of Her Oh wait I can because Riverside county and San Bernadino County Cps is good at lieing and falsifying Papers and More I Know From Experience and It Cost This Little giirl her life they placed her with a monster I hope who ever the workers were and who ever else allowed this monster to have custody I hope and pray it haunts them and they live with the Gilt but probably not there heartless if they wasn’t she would have still been alive with her mother… may She R.I.P Sweet Lil Angel gone way too soon!!

  90. Kitty Ray Torres

    My heart is broken , I know he will get beat and broken In prison ., as he deserves . My heart feels for the jury that will have to watch that video .

  91. Kitty Ray Torres

    My heart is broken , I know he will get beat and broken In prison ., as he deserves . My heart feels for the jury that will have to watch that video .

  92. Kitty Ray Torres

    Joaquin Vences he deserves to be beaten everyday for the rest of his life .

  93. Kitty Ray Torres

    Joaquin Vences he deserves to be beaten everyday for the rest of his life .

  94. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Put him on a hook & let me play with him ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ’–โœจ๐Ÿ’ซ

  95. Dannell Lee

    He should be hung and stoned!

  96. Dannell Lee

    He should be hung and stoned!

  97. Juli Haws

    He needs life and the death penalty. What an ass

  98. Juli Haws

    He needs life and the death penalty. What an ass

  99. Patricia Penunuri Fraijo

    Hang him high …๐Ÿ˜ก, sick, heartless s.o.b.

  100. Patricia Penunuri Fraijo

    Hang him high …๐Ÿ˜ก, sick, heartless s.o.b.

  101. LawnyReese Caracci Robert DCaracci

    Joanna Mccarthy
    Nuttin off the table in prison

  102. LawnyReese Caracci Robert DCaracci

    Joanna Mccarthy
    Nuttin off the table in prison

  103. Joanna Mccarthy

    LawnyReese Caracci Robert DCaracci just life in prison no death

  104. Joanna Mccarthy

    LawnyReese Caracci Robert DCaracci just life in prison no death

  105. Why is noone mentioning the failure of the family courts in giving him custody. That’s who should also be on trial. Rest in peace baby girl. I’m so sorry you had this man as a dad and may you find peace in your new life with God. Watch over your mom and let her know you will be waiting for her to hold you again.

  106. Ashly Norine Parrish

    He was found guilty on all counts

  107. Ashly Norine Parrish

    He was found guilty on all counts

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