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Tragic Beyond Belief

Tiffany Toribio placed her hand over her 3-year-old son's mouth as he slept on this playground bridge in the middle of the night.


She held him down until he stopped squirming.


Toribio then performed CPR on her son Tyrus who started breathing again. He was shaking, his eyes were rolled back. She then suffocated him again. She placed her hand over his face until he stopped breathing.


Only this time she didn't revive little Ty.


She dug a hole with her hands in the sand underneath a swing set, put Ty in it and buried him.


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"Tragic beyond belief"

Albuquerque Police Department Chief Ray Schultz said, fighting back tears.


"Nothing motivates law enforcement more than when a child is made victim. We feel a special connection with those who are often too young or too small to protect themselves. ... Words cannot describe the emotion felt by all who wear the badge. ... The mood here at APD is comprised of great sadness and unspeakable horror. How could a mother do this to her child? No excuse will ever satisfy our curiosity, nor will it quell our disbelief....."

Albuquerque Police Deputy Chief Michael Castro, in a comment on ABQjournal.com.

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Taken on May 23, 2009