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Couple Arrested After Police Find 1-Year-Old Boy Decomposing In Plastic Container

Boyfriend told police he didn’t mean to hurt the child.

A mother and her boyfriend were arrested in Arkansas on Tuesday after the woman's 1-year-old son was found decomposing inside a plastic container.

According to WFTS, 21-year-old Tyler Hobbs called police dispatchers claiming that his girlfriend’s son fell down the stairs and started seizing. Hobbs claimed he performed CPR on the child unsuccessfully. He told police “it happened a few days ago,” and that he was scared and didn’t know what to do.

Police arrived to talk to Hobbs and the child’s mother, 21-year-old Maria Giron-Molina. There, authorities made a gruesome discovery in the couple’s bedroom. They found the boy's decomposing body inside a plastic container located in a closet, covered with blankets.

Hobbs later admitted that the child was crying uncontrollably, giving Hobbs “a headache.” After the boy knocked a picture frame and lamp off a bedside table, Hobbs said he became enraged. He told police he covered the baby’s mouth with his hand to “muffle” the crying, KFSM reports. Hobbs also allegedly admitted to shaking the child. He said he blacked out.

Soon after, Hobbs said he noticed the boy had stopped breathing. Hobbs, who was allegedly under the influence of marijuana, claimed he “freaked out” and then put the boy in a plastic container.

Police said Hobbs has expressed remorse for his actions and that he didn’t mean to hurt the child.

Giron-Molina allegedly told police she saw blood on their sheets and put them in the closet. According to the New York Post, she didn’t contact police because she feared losing custody of her other children. 

Hobbs has been arrested for first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. Giron-Molina was arrested for abuse of a corpse. The couple is scheduled to appear in court in December. It is unclear if they have attorneys at this time.

[Photo: Washington County Detention Center]

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