An Arkansas couple is in jail after a man confessed to killing his girlfriend's 1-year-old son and hiding the body in a closet for two weeks with the mother's help.
Tyler Hobbs, 21, is being charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. The baby's mother, Maria Giron-Molina, 21, is also charged with abuse of a corpse, according to KFSM.
Hobbs confessed to choking and shaking the baby when the boy wouldn't stop crying as Hobbs was trying to sleep on Oct. 15.
"The child had been crying uncontrollably and that he was trying to sleep cause he wasn't feeling well," Fayetteville Police Sgt. Anthony Murphy told KFSM. "He lost his temper and picked the child up and put his hand over the child's mouth to try to get the child to stop crying."
Hobbs told police the baby scratched and hit him, causing him to shake the baby out of anger.
Police say that Hobbs confessed to being high on marijuana at the time and blacking out while trying to get the baby to sleep.
"When he woke, or came back to, the child wasn't breathing," Sgt. Murphy said. Hobbs told police he performed CPR but could not save the baby. Hobbs panicked and put the baby in a Tupperware container, wrapped the container in blankets and hid the container in his bedroom closet, according to KFSM.
He then told the boy's mother that the baby had died after falling at the park.
Giron-Molina reportedly knew that her son's body was hidden in the closet and did not want to call police because she was afraid to lose custody of her other two children.
KFSM reports the couple planned to place Giron-Molina's children with relatives before calling police.
On Oct. 30, Hobbs called police and told them that "a few days" ago, the baby had fallen down the stairs and had a seizure, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
When officers arrived at the couple's apartment, they found the boy in an "advanced state of decomposition inside a plastic container that was covered with blankets," according to the Democrat-Gazette.
KFSM reports the boy's body had signs of bruising around his jaw, eyebrow and eye, causing police to doubt Hobbs' initial story. Hobbs eventually confessed during an interview.
Hobbs is being held on $750,000 bond and Giron-Molina is being held on $500,000 bond. Both have hearings set for early December.