Woman who killed daughter in '80s granted parole on 7th try

July 16, 2018 01:11 PM

After being denied parole six times since 2007, child killer Marybeth Tinning is finally getting out of prison. She was sentenced in 1987 for killing her 4-month old daughter, Tami Lynn, her ninth child. She was also suspected in the death of her eight other children. The time span from her first child's death to her ninth child's murder – 14 years.

The decision from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision was first reported by the Daily Gazette. Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney is out of town and could not be reached for comment.

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"I am very elated and happy that this is over with,” Joseph Tinning told NewsChannel-13 in a brief phone interview. The last time he saw her was in May. Joseph tinning, her husband of 53-years, says they hope that “they can stay very quiet and start their lives over again.”

This case shocked the Capital Region more than 30 years ago. In February 1986, Tinning was arrested for killing Tami Lynn five days before Christmas 1985. She smothered her with a pillow. Her other eight children also all died in infancy between 1972 and 1985. Even when their 1978 adopted sixth child, Michael, died in 1981, authorities failed to open an investigation into his death.

Excuses ranged from a genetic disorder to SIDS to cardiopulmonary arrest to multiple brain abscesses. Time and time again, she would bury kids, one as young as eight-days old. She eventually confessed to three killings.

Tinning was sent to Bedford Hills in Westchester County. Up until now, the parole board's repeated denials were based on her lack of remorse. She was the subject of the book "From Cradle to Grave" by Joyce Eddington.

Tinning could be released as early as August 21. She turns 76 on September 11.


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