A body found in a dumpster belongs to a 4-year-old girl who was suffocated by her mother, according to Miami-Dade police. The child’s body allegedly sat in a car trunk for days, and when the smell of its decay became overwhelming, the mother put her daughter in a dumpster at her apartment complex.
The arrest warrant, issued Monday, said that on Halloween night, Tina M. Farrington, 31, was home at Tuscany Place Apartments with her two children — Tania and a younger son. Tania reportedly talked back to her mother, prompting Farrington to “lure” the child to her bedroom, where she used a pillow to suffocate the girl, police said.
A police spokeswoman said she did not know whether Farrington’s son witnessed the incident.
Police say that after killing her daughter, Farrington put the child’s body in the trunk of her 2013 Nissan Altima sedan “for several days.” According to The Sun-Sentinel, Farrington waited until 1 a.m. on the Sunday following Halloween, 5 days later, to move the body to the dumpster.
Later that day, around 12:45 p.m., a man who lives in the same apartment complex was disposing of trash in the receptacle when he noticed the child’s body.
At the time, Detective Argemis Colome said they were trying to determine who the child was, stating, “No parent has called us.”
Residents of the apartment complex soon gathered for a prayer outside a growing memorial at the site.
The dumpster had been towed away from the scene and the child’s body taken to a medical examiner’s office to determine the cause and manner of death. Her body had begun to decompose; however, investigators were able to discern that bruises were present on her arms, legs and torso, according to the arrest report.
According to police, Farrington was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of committing first-degree murder. She reportedly confessed to killing her daughter, Tania.
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