The Day – New London woman accused of murdering her child must stand trial
A New London woman accused of strangling her 4-year-old son to death in New London earlier this year has been ruled competent to stand trial. A judge scheduled his case for a preliminary hearing in July on Thursday.
Tiffany Farrauto, 33, was interned in March in a 60-day period of mental health care at Whiting Forensic Hospital in Middletown. Judge Hillary B. Strackbein had ruled that she did not have jurisdiction over a trial after hearing testimony from a state social worker and recommendations from Farrauto’s attorney, Aimee Mahon.
Strackbein found on Wednesday that Farrauto was now competent to stand trial.
Farrauto was brought in from the mental health care facility and appeared in person on Wednesday. The judge reinstated a $ 2 million bond and Farrauto was returned to York Correctional Facility, where she was held before being incarcerated in Whiting.
Farrauto has been in custody since March 7, when police intervened in the parking lot outside his apartment at 242 Nautilus Drive in New London.
Police responded to reports that a woman was shouting obscenities and throwing a baseball bat at a red SUV. When officers arrived, Farrauto reportedly told them that she had strangled her son and fed him CBD gelatin cubs to eat.
Farrauto reportedly told the officers “you can take me now” and “because my son is already dead in the house”.
Her son, identified as David Jasmin, was found dead in their home with lacerations and abrasions on his chest and marks on his neck, according to an unsealed arrest warrant.
Farrauto also reportedly told the police that she had killed her son in revenge on his mother and that she was “excited” to have killed him.
Farrauto was a single mother to the boy and the two lived alone in the apartment where he died. According to his mother and friends who attended a candlelight vigil for Jasmin in March, Farrauto had no history of diagnosed mental illness, but had a history of trauma and intense mood swings.
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families said Farrauto recently asked for help and said she believed someone had injured her son. They had previously helped the family with drug addiction issues.
A Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services social worker who testified in March that Farrauto was unable to stand trial at the time said Farrauto had “residual psychiatric symptoms,” including a process of disorganized thinking and high levels of emotionality that would impact her ability to learn and retain new information and that she was highly suggestible.
Judge Strackbein said Farrauto on Wednesday had been found competent and waived his right to a probable cause hearing. She is due to appear virtually for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. on July 7 at New London Superior Court.