Albuquerque Police arrested Tiffany Toribio Thursday morning in connection with the death of previously unidentified “Baby Angel,” a small child that was found Friday afternoon buried in the sand of a community playground. Police revealed in an afternoon press conference the events that led them to arrest the 23-year-old woman.
According to Investigation Discovery, since a passerby saw the Skechers sneaker protruding from the sand at Alvarado Park in Albuquerque, police worked non-stop attempting to identify the small body. Besides clothes and a general description, they had little to go on. Heat had disfigured the small boy’s features. Authorities were working with facial reconstruction experts to provide a better description of the child.
But working on a tip that Tiffany Toribio, an area transient, had a child that fit the general description of “Baby Angel,” police picked Toribio up for questioning.
Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz told reporters at the Thursday press conference that Tiffany Toribio had admitted to suffocating her son, Tyrus Toribio, twice before burying him in the sand at Alvarado Park. She and her son were in the park before daylight on May 13 and she had suffocated him as he slept. Having second thoughts, Tiffany Toribio revived the child, then suffocated him again. She told authorities that she did not want her son to grow up as she did, with nobody caring for him.
Police have charged Toribio with first-degree murder and abuse of a child resulting in death.
According to Chief Schultz, Tiffany Toribio attempted to commit suicide after her arrest and has been put on suicide watch.
Members of the community where the body was found had taken to calling the unidentified child “Baby Angel” and “Baby Justice.”
Unfortunately, these cases aren’t isolated. Back in 2005, the body of a child was found in Warrenville, Illinois. Badly decomposed, the small body had been stuffed in a laundry bag and left in a wooded area along a busy highway in DuPage County. Police are still attempting to identify the remains, which have been dubbed “DuPage Johnny Doe.” “America’s Most Wanted” has featured the case and has a forensic anthropologists’ sketches of what the boy would have looked like.
In early May, a garbage bag containing the body of a full term baby was found in Dodge County, Wisconsin. According to fdlreporter.com, a man who was cutting wood in the area left and came back on Wednesday, April 29, and in the one and one-half hours he was gone, the bag was deposited. Dodge County authorities are searching for the mother, who they believe may have needed medical help after giving birth to the child. They dubbed the child “Baby Teresa” because of the proximity of the body being found to the town of Teresa.