Woman who killed baby daughter in ’80s freed from prison

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A 75-year-old New York woman who was convicted of killing her baby daughter in 1985 and suspected of killing seven of her eight other children has been freed from prison.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed Tuesday that Marybeth Tinning has been released from Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills and will be supervised by officials in Schenectady County, where she lives.

Tinning's case received national attention. According to local reports at the time, Marybeth and her husband had nine children. All of them died before the age of 5 years old in a span of under 14 years starting in 1972. Only one child is believed to have died of natural causes.

After several deaths, doctors became suspicious. Though it is suspected she killed eight of her children, she was only convicted of killing her ninth child, Tami Lynne. The 4-month-old died in December 1985.

Tinning was arrested in February 1986. According to an article from the Tampa Bay Times, in her statement to police, she said she was trying to quite the baby. She continued, “I finally used the pillow from my bed and put it over her head. I held it until she stopped crying. I didn’t mean to hurt her. I just wanted her to stop crying."

Tinning was convicted in her daughter’s death in October 1987, and was sentenced to 20 years to life.

After more than 30 years behind bars, she was granted parole at her seventh hearing in July.

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