Florida Mother Killed 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Dumping Body In Trash

Wednesday, 08 Nov, 2017

Tina Farrington a Miami, Florida mother has been charged with first degree murder after her four year old daughter's body was found in a dumpster.

She did not live with Leon Paige, who joined the Miami Beach Police Department a little more than a year ago.

"We send our deepest condolences and prayers to Officer Leon Paige and his family on the loss of his daughter", the statement read. "We kindly request his privacy be respected during this very hard time".

"And her face was just, like, no remorse, no worries".

The Florida Department of Children & Families, which investigates child abuse, said that Tania had been the subject of an investigation in 2016 but in a case that did not involve her mother. Paige was not arrested.

Farrington is being held without bond in the county jail in Miami.

Despite the abuse allegations against Paige, police said it was Farrington who killed their daughter on Halloween after the girl talked back to her.

Detectives say she "lured" the girl into a bedroom after she talked back to her on Halloween night, then hid the body in her vehicle trunk for days before discarding the corpse in a trash bin at her apartment complex.

Neighbors told ABC News affiliate Local 10 that the woman could be heard yelling at police officers to get out of her apartment. Farrington's son was in the care of relatives, DCF said, and the agency would support that child 'in any way we can'. According to an arrest report, Farrington admitted she suffocated Tania with a pillow on Halloween after becoming angry with the girl for "talking back".

She then allegedly lured Paige and her brother into a bedroom, where she smothered the girl with a pillow.

Authorities suspect that Farrington hid her daughter's body in the trunk of her 2013 Nissan Altima after the killing.

Nearly a week later, police said Farrington noticed a foul odor coming from her vehicle. Police said the victim's body was in the early stages of decomposition when it was found, however, she reportedly also had bruises on her arms, legs, and body, court records said.

Police say Farrington gave a detailed confession of the murder once she was in police custody. A shelter hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.