Police: New London woman charged with murder in death of 4-year-old son

NEW LONDON — Investigators obtained an arrest warrant Sunday charging a local woman with the death of her 4-year-old son, city police said.

Police identified the woman as 33-year-old Tiffany Farrauto, a New London resident, in a news conference Sunday. She faces charges of murder and risk of injury after her son was found “unresponsive and unconscious” in her apartment Sunday morning by officers responding to a report of a woman smashing a car with a baseball bat, police said.

“We’ve lost a second child in the city to violence in as many weeks, this time a 4-year-old,” Mayor Michael Passero said in the news conference. “Our community is hurting.”

Officials said Sunday night that they are not identifying the boy as they work to notify family. A cause of death has yet to be determined. Police said an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Investigators have also yet to determine why the woman killed her son, officials said.

Officers were first called to Nautilus Drive around 6:27 a.m. after receiving a report that the woman was damaging a car, police said.

By the time the officers arrived, the suspect had left. While they spoke with the vehicle’s owner, the suspect approached officers and told them she had hurt her son, according to police.

In a Sunday evening news release update, police said Farrauto told officials she “strangled” the child.

Officers went to an apartment in the area and found “an unconscious and unresponsive young child” while making a well-being check, police said. The officers quickly started CPR in an attempt to resuscitate the boy while EMTs were called to the apartment.

The boy was taken to Lawrence+Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead, according to police.

Police chief Peter Reichard said in the Sunday news conference a police officer who responded “found him to be cyanotic,” leading officials to think the boy had died before they got there.

Reichard said in the Sunday news conference that officials have gotten “several search warrants,” including a warrant to search the apartment premises and another “for the suspect’s blood and DNA and fingernail scrapings.”

The scene was secured by the police department and detectives responded to investigate the incident. The state police Eastern District Major Crime squad and members of the New London State’s Attorney’s office also responded to the call and are assisting in the investigation. Officials advised residents to avoid the area due to the ongoing investigation, but they did not deem the incident to pose a larger threat to the community.

Although first arrested on charges of third-degree criminal mischief, Farrauto was later charged with murder and risk of injury to a minor, according to the Sunday evening news release update. Officials set bond for $1 million, the release read.

“Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the child. The investigation remains active,” Capt. Brian Wright said in a press release.

The department is requesting that anyone who may have information pertinent to this case to contact the New London Police Department’s detective bureau at (860) 447-1481 or anonymous information may be submitted via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).