Competency test ordered for woman accused of killing son, 4
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman accused of killing her 4-year-old son was ordered detained on $2 million bail Monday and placed under suicide and mental health watches.
Tiffany Farrauto, 33, was arraigned via a video conference on charges of murder and risk of injury to a minor in New London Superior Court.
New London police said Farrauto told officers who were responding to a report of her damaging a vehicle with a baseball bat on Sunday that she had strangled her son. Officers found the boy unresponsive in Farrauto’s apartment and tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital.
Farrauto’s public defender, Aimee Mahon, said her client has mental health problems that “contributed to the incident.” Judge Shari Murphy ordered the suicide and mental health watches and doubled Farrauto’s bail to $2 million. The judge also ordered an evaluation to see if Farrauto is competent to stand trial.
Farrauto’s next court date was set for March 22.
Rachel Mercer-Consoli, who said she is a friend of Farrauto’s, told The Day newspaper that the child’s name was David.
“David was an innocent 4-year-old boy who was loved by so many people. He didn’t deserve what happened to him,” she said.