Tuesday, August 23, 2011
MELISSA HASKELL SMOTHERED BABY IN '92: COPS
The baby's dad Michael said of the arrest: "The very recent developments in this investigation has once again ripped open the wounds that are very difficult to heal for our family."
Haskell was Ryan's babysitter from the time he was a month old, was alone with him in his family's home when he died Aug. 26, 1992. Then
19, Haskell told cops she found the baby unresponsive in the crib and the coroner concluded Ryan died of sudden infant death syndrome. But in April, cops got a tip that Haskell smothered the baby. They then taped her describing the cold-hearted murder.
She had been fighting heroin withdrawal and couldn't handle the crying baby and became frustrated.
A police source said: "She was having trouble caring for the child and she was not able to deal with the child crying and a typical infant behavior because of her own personal difficulties."
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