Cindy Lynn Burleigh was scheduled to be arraigned on the charge,
along with a special-circumstance allegation that she was lying in wait, this
afternoon in Alameda County Superior Court in Fremont.
Newark police said Burleigh called them just before 8:30 a.m. on
Sunday to report that she had assaulted her mother, Nancy Burleigh, inside a
home at 7155 Mayhews Landing Road.
When officers arrived at the house, Burleigh admitted that she had
attacked her mother with a hammer, police said.
Officers found Nancy Burleigh bleeding from the head, and she was
taken to a local hospital to be treated for multiple skull fractures.
Burleigh succumbed to her injuries on Monday, police said.
Prosecutors have also charged Cindy Burleigh with a clause
accusing her of committing a crime against an elderly person.