May 25, 2009
Tiffany Toribio - Albuquerque Mother Suffocates Son, Brings Him Back To Life, Then Suffocates Him To Death Again
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Albuquerque, New Mexico (The Weekly Vice) -- Tiffany Toribio, a 23-year-old New Mexico woman was arrested Thursday after she confessed to suffocating her son, reviving him and then suffocating him again to death.
The murder began to come to light on Saturday after a woman spotted a black shoe sticking out of the sand at a playground at Alvarado Park in Albuquerque. The find led to the shocking discovery of dead three-year-old Tyrus Toribio.
Eight days later - amid a nationwide appeal for clues as to the child's identity - Toribio told Albuquerque police she was the child's mother and would turn herself in. After initially providing a false name to authorities, she eventually confessed the grizzly details of the child's May 13 murder.
"She placed her hand over her son's mouth and nose and suffocated him," said police chief Ray Schultz. "She had second thoughts about what she did."
Investigators say Toribio then performed CPR on her son, which brought him back to life. Apparently unsatisfied with her decision, she then proceeded to suffocate the child again - this time to it's completion, according to Schultz.
When detectives asked Toribio why she did it, she explained that "she did not want him to grow up with no one caring about him, the same way that she had grown up where nobody had cared about her," said Schultz.
Police say Toribio was recently homeless because she had been kicked out of her mother's house and a friend's apartment for ignoring her son. Family members who say they are devastated by the news of the child's murder told police that they hadn't seen the child since last Tuesday.
Investigators described Toribio as a detached mother with no permanent address. Friends who knew Toribio explained that she hadn't provided emotional support to the child - and sometimes wouldn't provide food.
Toribio told detectives that sometime last Wednesday morning she and Tyrus were walking in Alvarado Park when they came to the playground area.
"Some time around 1 o'clock in the morning, she went to the area of the gym equipment. While laying in the gym equipment with her son, she placed her hand over her son's mouth and nose and suffocated him," explained Schultz.
After the child died, Toribio went under the gym equipment, dug a hole and buried her son
Toribio now faces first-degree-murder charges and is being held on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Sher reportedly attempted suicide just hours after confessing to the murder of her son.
The Weekly Vice
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