Marybeth Tinning parole

Infamous child killer with NINE kids who died young, is set to be released from prison

A New York woman convicted of killing her baby in the 1980s is set to be released from prison, and it could happen in as little as a few months.

The Daily Gazette reports that Marybeth Tinning, 75, was granted parole last month during her 7th appearance before the parole board, according to the Corrections and Community Supervision. Tinning is currently housed at the Westchester County Correction facility in Westchester County, New York.

On December 20, 1985, Tinning smothered her 4-month-old daughter, Tami Lynne, to death inside the family’s Schenectady home. Tami Lynne was Tinning’s ninth child to die. Between 1972 to 1985, all nine children died under suspicious circumstances, including Michael, a little boy that Tinning adopted. None of the children lived beyond the age of four.

Tinning claimed that sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was the cause of most of the deaths, although in 1986 she admitted she smother Tami Lynne, along with two of her sons.

Initially, physicians thought that Tinning passed on Reye’s Syndrome to her children. Reye’s Syndrome a rare but severe condition marked by brain and liver swelling, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH).

Eventually, doctors began suspecting something was seriously off with the way the children declined so rapidly. Further, Michael was not a blood relative, yet he died at a young age like Tinning’s biological children did.

Although Tinning was indicted on three of the other children’s death, Tami Lynne’s murder is the only case that prosecutors stuck with. In a 2011 parole hearing, Tinning she admitted she became a “worthless” person, according to CBS News.

“After the deaths of my other children … I just lost it. I became a damaged, worthless piece of person, and when my daughter was young, in my state of mind at that time, I just believed that she was going to die also. So I just did it.”

Despite her conviction and the deaths of nine children, Tinning’s husband, Joseph, never sought a divorce from her and has stuck by her side throughout every parole hearing, including the latest. Part of her release depends upon “the completion of her community preparation package, which includes an approved residence,” which will be with her husband.

Tinning’s Children

  • December 26, 1971: Jennifer passes away from meningitis at eight days old.
  • January 20, 1972: Joseph passes away from cardio-respiratory arrest at two years old.
  • March 2, 1972: Barbara Ann passes away from a brain edema at four years old.
  • December 10, 1973: Timothy passes away from SIDS at three months old.
  • September, 1975: Nathan passes away from SIDS at five months old.
  • February 20, 1978: Mary Frances passes from SIDS and seizures at three months old.
  • March 24, 1980: Jonathan passes away from cardio-pulmonary arrest at four months old.
  • March 2, 1981: Michael passes away at two years old, inexplicably. He had pneumonia but not severe enough to cause death.
  • December 20, 1985: Tami Lynne passes away from asphyxiation at four months old.

[Feature Photo: Marybeth Tinning/ Police Handout, AP]