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Monday March 5, 2012

Latino Blotter:  Mom Pleads Guilty to Smothering Child & Burying in Playground

Latino Blotter:  Mom Pleads Guilty to Smothering Child & Burying in Playground

Photo: Tiffany Toribio Pleads Guilty to Suffociating 3-yr son

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The horrific suffocation murder of a homeless 3-year old boy by his mother has concluded with her guilty plea today in New Mexico. 

Tiffany Toribio pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse for smothering and burying her child in a playground back in 2009.  The case came to light when family members reported a dead boy found in an Albuquerque playground fit the description of Ty.

Shortly after police questioned Toribio she confessed to suffocating her son, reviving him when she changed her mind and then suffocating him again.  She then proceeded to dig a shallow grave in a playground under the swing set.

Toribio, 25 years-old, who was homeless with the child at the time, was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Her only defense was that she didn’t want her son to grow up homeless, unloved and alone like she did.  Reportedly she and the child had been kicked out of the house they were living in and were walking around the park at 1 a.m. when she decided to kill him.