Fayetteville man accused of killing infant, hiding body in closet

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- CBS affiliate 5NEWS reports that a Fayetteville man is accused of killing an infant and hiding the child’s body in a closet for about two weeks.

On Monday, 21-year-old Tyler Hobbs turned himself in and was arrested for first degree murder and abuse of a corpse.

Hobbs said he choked and shook the one-year-old boy around October 15 because the boy wouldn’t calm down, according to a preliminary arrest report. Hobbs said the boy hit and scratched him then he blacked out. When Hobbs awoke, the boy was dead and didn’t respond to CPR.

Hobbs said he was high on marijuana and “freaked out,” so he put the boy inside a Tupperware container, wrapped him in blankets and put him in a closet, according to police.

21-year-old Maria Giron-Molina, the boy’s mother, said she saw blood on the sheets and washed them, but said Hobbs told her the boy fell at the park.

Giron-Molina said she was afraid of calling police after her son’s death because she didn’t want her other children taken away. She was arrested for abuse of a corpse.

The boy’s body was found later that day at the couple’s home on North Leverett Avenue.

Hobbs and Giron-Molina were being held at the Washington County Detention Center on bonds of $750,000 and $500,000.

Both have hearings set for December 4 in Washington County Circuit Court.

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