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Published:May 21st, 2009 15:58 EST
an artist's rendering of Ty Toribio

Mother Murdered Child Found Buried In Playground

By Christopher HIllenbrand

Police in Albuquerque, N.M., said that the mother of a 3-year-old boy, who was buried in a New Mexico playground, confessed to officers that she deliberately smothered him to death.

Tiffany Toribio, 23, responsible for the child`s death, was apprehended early Thursday by Albuquerque police on an open count of murder and numerous counts of child abuse leading to her son`s death, according to Police Chief Ray Schultz. Toribio is currently held on $250,000 bond.

an artist's rendering of Ty Toribio

The mother admitted to investigators that she brought her son, Ty Toribio, to Alvarado Park where she applied her hand over the boy`s mouth and nose which soon caused the child to suffocate.

When asked if she wanted court-appointed legal counsel for her arraignment, Toribio declined representation. Toribio`s mother was not available to comment on the charges her daughter is facing.

Schultz also said the mother and her son had been transients who were staying at a house a few blocks away from Alvarado Park, where the child was found in a shallow grave in the playground sand.

Authorities discovered the child`s body in the sand at the playground on Friday. After five days investigating into the toddler`s death, Albuquerque police had come up with no leads as to even who the boy was.

Once the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in cooperation with the Albuquerque Police Department, released an artist`s rendering of the child to the media on Tuesday, family members and others familiar with Tiffany Toribio and her toddler came forward to tell police of the image`s resemblance to Ty. Relatives of the child also said that Ty hadn`t been seen since May 12th.