UPDATE: Mom Charged With Strangling 4-Year-Old Son Held On $2 Million Bond, Put On Suicide Watch
A Connecticut woman charged with killing her 4-year-old son was put on a suicide watch after her arraignment on Monday, The Day reports.
Tiffany Farrauto, 33, allegedly told officers to “take me in” because she’d killed her son when police responded on Sunday to a report of a woman damaging vehicles at an apartment complex with a baseball bat, as CrimeOnline reported.
The little boy was identified as David Jasmin Farrauto. Friends and family who set up a GoFundMe to pay funeral expenses called him a “sweet baby boy.”
Farrauto wore a hospital gown and a facemask as she appeared virtually before Judge Shari Murphy for the arraignment on Monday. Murphy ordered a $2 million bail, a suicide watch, medical watch, and a mental health watch. She also ordered an evaluation to determine if Farrauto is competent to stand trial.
Farrauto’s court appointed attorney, Aimee Mahon, said her client has “underlying mental health issues that contributed to the incident.”
Testifying at the arraignment, bail commissioner Tim Gilman said he couldn’t get a clear answer when he asked where she lived, and she told him she couldn’t tell him where she worked.
“She gave me a list of numbers followed by the claim that she lived in a squad car,” said Gilman.
Rachel Castillo, who lives near Farrauto in New London, told WFSB she heard the banging that turned out to be Farrauto smacking cars with a bat.
“Then, I heard a lady walking and she kept saying, ‘You screwed up. You screwed up. You screwed up,’ and that was it,” Castillo said.
One of the car owners called 911, and while they were talking with police about the incident, Farrauto approached.
“She made an utterance, ‘Take me away,’ and [the officer] asked, ‘Why do I need to take you away?’ and she indicated she harmed her son and her son was in the apartment,” New London Police Chief Peter Reichard said.
Police found David Jasmin in the apartment with no pulse. They attempted CPR, and he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police believe Farrauto strangled the boy, but an autopsy being performed Monday will confirm that.
Farrauto was arraigned on charges of murder and risk of injury to a minor.