West Jordan playground to be named for 6-year-old homicide victim

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:10 p.m. MDT

Sierra Newbold

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WEST JORDAN — A new, $500,000 playground in West Jordan will be named after a 6-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and killed nearly two years ago.

The West Jordan City Council decided to name the new playground the Sierra Newbold Playground during its March 12 meeting. The council said the name will honor the girl’s life and the ongoing efforts of her family to fight child abuse.

The new playground will be at Ron Wood Memorial Park, 5900 W. New Bingham Highway.

An official ribbon-cutting is scheduled for May.

The all-abilities playground is meant to include kids with special needs, physically and intellectually.

On June 26, 2012, Sierra was found dead in a canal near her home at 2383 W. 7095 South. She had been taken from her home, sexually assaulted, strangled and then drowned.

Terry Lee Black, 42, who lived in the young girl's neighborhood, was arrested a few days later and charged with aggravated murder. Black's case has been on hold for several months pending a decision from the Utah Supreme Court as to whether a judge or a magistrate should oversee his mental competency hearing.

— Viviane Vo-Duc

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