Friday, March 23, 2012

Tania Coleman starved baby to death and dumped her body by side of road because child was the family runt who didn't fit in

A mother faces life in prison for starving her daughter to death and dumping her body in the trash because the baby didn't fit in with the rest of the family.

Tania Coleman, 21, was convicted today of first-degree murder in Erie, Pennsylvania for the demise of her 14-month-old child, whose decomposed body was found in a suitcase on the street.

Prosecutors said Coleman's chubby-cheeked child Alayja was deprived of food and drink because she was considered the family 'runt.'

In the courtroom, Erie District Attorney Jack Daneri said the young girl was considered a problem for Coleman, who neglected the baby because Alayja did not share the same father as her two other daughters.

Mr Daneri said of Alayja's treatment: 'Everybody else gets cared for but the little runt.'

The exact timing of Alayja's death has not been determined. Read More